Letter to the editor: Project Independence like ‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood’

I recently attended the movie “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” It is the story of Fred Rogers, his ground-breaking children’s TV show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” His simple philosophy of love and respect changed the genre of children’s TV forever and for the better. He believed that all children should know they are special, loved, respected and safe. As a result, he became much loved by children all over the world. His show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” reached all the corners of the earth.
As a senior citizen I have found a neighborhood for us here in Middlebury — Project Independence, a day program for seniors. Our neighborhood is found in a beautiful white sprawling building surrounded by colorful gardens. We enter into a world where we feel cared for, safe and respected — all things that bring peace and joy. We enjoy games, exercise, music, art or just visiting. Meals are delicious and filled with friends exchanging their experiences. Bright open rooms, outdoor porches and patio let us enjoy the garden. Small rooms tucked away in corners allow for reading, napping or time alone.
What a wonderful neighborhood! We are so thankful. Middlebury is richer for its being here — it is a special place.
Miriam Hardy

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