to all of the rest of y’all who have trouble falling asleep. giving up. giving up your day, your waking, the driver’s seat. this is kinda what it feels like to me. what’s about to happen might not be a bad time. it might be good. restful. educational. fun. but you gotta put your hand in the hand. you gotta give it up. and trust the sleep monkey.
So much wind.
If you see this photo out of context, your jaded mind will immediately assume you’re seeing either 1) a young Mister Rogers goofing around with his producer off-air or 2) a “F*&@-IT, WE’LL DO IT LIVE!“-type meltdown.
The reality, unfortunately, is that Mister Rogers appears to have really been wholesome all the way down, and here he’s leading a group of children in a song that has them counting off each finger in turn. When they get to the middle finger, Rogers cracks up, knowing that it is going to be screen capped and shared on the Internet 45 years later. He totally knew about the Internet back then.