A few months before Mr. Rogers passed, PBS aired this spot. Mr. Rogers recorded it for all of us who grew up watching him.
“It happens so often,” he says, “I walk down the street and someone twenty or thirty or forty years old will come up to me… and invariably we end our little time together with a hug.”
He goes on to say, “I know how tough it is some days to look with hope and confidence on the months and years ahead, but I would like to tell you what I often told you when you were much younger: I like you just the way you are.”
It doesn’t get much better than that.