Date: December 23, 2020 05:33 pm Title: Chapter 1
As always, you've managed to make the experience of parenting feel very real, and I like these looks into them as parents - and the fact that they're using one of the best parenting aides available with Mr. Rogers. (And also, Mr. Rogers rather than Daniel Tiger's own show.)
Thanks for being a helper in real life. Merry Christmas.
Author's Response: Thanks darjeeling. I'm glad you found elements of realism in this one. Mr. Rodgers was a staple of my childhood. The more I learned about him as an adult made me realize just how remarkable a man he was. I'm glad to be able to take some of his lessons to heart in my life and in my writing. Glad you liked this one.
Date: October 29, 2020 10:22 am Title: Chapter 1
Another wonderful story.
Mr. Rogers was a part of my childhood so it was a trip down memory lane for me too. One that reminded me of the 7 year old who answered a call for her father from a Mr ROGERS (a common name after all) and could not contain her excitement that Mr. Rogers was on the phone for her dad.
Pam is a wise and resourceful mom. Jim rocks too for relieving her from dinner duties. And you rock too for being one of the helpers you mention in your story.
Author's Response: Thanks. It was fun to bring this one to life. I remember I'd had a few rough shifts at work and somehow the YouTube rabbit hole led me to that quote from Mr. Rogers. It helped. The great thing about writing is it can help us all in so many ways and I wanted to share some of that with the community here at MTT. Glad you liked it.
Date: August 13, 2019 09:52 pm Title: Chapter 1
This was both lovely and heartbreaking... Mostly in that these conversations need to be had with children at all. You took a very real issue and applied it to our fictional faves in an authentic way. I feel for Pam, not knowing how to respond and wanting to shield her kids from the harsh realities of the world. I loved Jim coming home and supporting her in all the best ways.
This was great, but at the same time leaves me so damn grateful I don’t live in the US and have this as an ever present reality... I feel so deeply for parents that really need to have these conversations with their little ones...
Author's Response: Please don't believe to much in what the news and media present. For all the hype, mass shootings like the ones that make the news are actually rare when one really looks at the statistics. Thing is they're very dramatic and in the instantaneous news society we have now, such events get widespread coverage. But that's a different discussion.
Thank you for your comments. Yes it's hard to have those conversations, but it's also important. Not just about tragedies on the news, but anything that can spark deep feelings, good or bad. Especially important to talk to children. That's what Mr. Rogers was great about. Talking to children about their feelings and letting them, and by extension all of us, know that our feelings are real and they're important.
Date: August 13, 2019 08:58 am Title: Chapter 1
Awww this was really awesome, i don't know if that was the inspiration behind this but Jenna Fischer uploaded a The Office themed post on her instagram and she went to Chili's so this reminded me of that. Also, really adorable!
Author's Response: Sorry to say no, Jenna's post was not the inspiration for this. The inspiration for this piece was a poem I wrote about how I deal with some of the tragedy I deal with on a nightly basis as a paramedic. Mr. Rogers' words of, "Look for the helpers," was a balm to my own heart after some rough calls. I figured I could incorporate that into a fic somehow and this is the result. Thanks for the review.