I have a three-year-old, so I am of course very well versed in “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” It’s basically my kid’s jam. So when I was asked if I wanted to help with Cornerstone‘s booth at “Be My Neighbor Day,” my answer was definitely a “yes.” I was asked to brainstorm an idea in the spirit of community and collaboration. After some discussion with the hubs, I decided on a painting of Daniel Tiger, with the iconic red sweater left blank for all of the participants of the event to fill in with their thumbprints.  After all, when we work together as a community, don’t we leave our mark?

Welcome to my studio/living room/room that will never be clean again.

So I painted the Tiger.  I knew I got it right when I asked my little Tiger who it was, and she told me it was Daniel.

I like to make the joke that my grandma grew up in Mr. Roger’s neighborhood, because she literally did.  Grandma was raised in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, around the same time as Fred Rogers.  I don’t know that ever hung out, I think Fred was a bit older than my grandma, but they hail from the same ‘hood.  And that is pretty cool.

So came today, “Be My Neighbor Day.” And at first, it was a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Then the rain came. But I am telling you, love of the Tiger runs deep, and it did not scare off the pre-school super fans (and those adults who have the songs memorized by necessity).  Luckily the rain didn’t stick around the whole time, and we did manage to dry off and warm up.

Just a selfie before the start to warm up.

So, if you can’t do it alone, work together!

Why, yes, I do know all the songs.

My little Kiddo gave her contribution.
Neighbors of all ages helped out with this collaboration.
Tiger-tastic! Grrrr-ific!
Fred Rogers. The legacy lives on.

I’ll be back when the new, and I’ll have more ideas for you, and you’ll have things you’ll want to talk about and I will, too.  Because it’s you I like.