Mr. Rogers famously said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
I would be remiss if I did not pause to remember once again that the lady who said these wonderfully strengthening words to Mr. Rogers also knit all of Mr. Rogers’ iconic (and beautifully finished, with zippers!) cardigans.
In scary, confusing times, it is uplifting and also somehow crushing to think of the ordinary people who find the guts to help someone else. Journalist Ann Curry hosts a series on PBS called We’ll Meet Again. It tells the stories of people who helped each other in times of peril, and then lost touch, in some cases for decades.
Watching it is an experience that can cause dampening of the knitting with cathartic tears. I’ve watched the episode about two sets of helpers and helpees on 9/11, one in New York and one at the Pentagon. Except for wanting to tell them to try finding the lost helpers on social media (which eventually did help, but it seemed kind of contrived to first try more meandering methods), I found it compelling.
I will gladly watch all the episodes. They are currently airing Tuesday evening on PBS stations, or you can stream them on PBS Passport.
Knit something absorbent, or keep a pack of Kleenex nearby, and be cheered by the grace and beauty of Ann Curry.