When you think about it, Mister Rogers was the original blogger. He brought us into his home five days a week and checked in with us about his normal day to day life. He fed his fish. He looked forward to getting the mail. He dined with Chef Brockett. And of course, he offered up his trolley, so that we could visit his friends in the Neighborhood of Make Believe – King Friday, Prince Tuesday, Queen Sara, Lady Elaine Fairchild, Daniel Striped Tiger, Henrietta Pussycat, and X the Owl.
While many children’s programs of the time were flashier and faster, there was something refreshingly comfortable about his simple songs and the way he evoked the feeling of ordinary kindness for our selves and for each other. (I like you just the way you are.)
On stressful days, sometimes I feel like I could use more Mister Rogers in my life. And honestly, he’s one of the few celebrities that, one, I already felt like I knew, and, two, was sad that I would never get the opportunity to meet in real life. He seemed like a sincerely wonderful person. (And did you know he was a vegetarian too?)
With Mister Rogers in mind, I’ll be doing a series of posts this month for Vegan MoFo all about coming home. I’ll focus on foods that are the equivalent of putting on my favorite sweater and coziest slippers. They’re the foods that feel familiar and friendly. They’re often not fussy and feel comfortable in their simplicity. For September I’ll be sharing stories, recipes, and videos all about the foods that feel like home to me. I also have something fun and interactive up my sleeve that I’ll tell you about the next time we talk!
(If you’re not familiar with it, Vegan MoFo stands for the Vegan Month of Food. It’s the time when bloggers from around the world challenge themselves to write regular posts for one month all about vegan food. The goal is to hit 20 posts for the month. By the way, this is my fifth year participating in Vegan MoFo. Yay!)
I’m so looking forward to sharing some of the recipes closest to my heart with you this month. After all, you make each day such a special day. You know how. By just your being you.