Mister Rogers and The Friendly Giant, taught Little Darling about compassion. When Little Darling was young she was quite a sickly little girl. I think the impact of stress and trauma had quite an effect on the developing child. She coughed all the time and it sounded like she had pneumonia.  Trauma affects how you feel about yourself and you take things personally.  She was made to feel bad about herself so she started to live with shame at a very early age.  She was also the only child and middle child of three children with food allergies and she was allergic to cats. The coughing all the time may have been because Little Darling was probably allergic to smoke and both parents smoked heavily in the family home.  Being sickly a lot of her early years, she was able to stay home from school many days.   She loved watching Mister Rogers and  Friendly Giant.  They’re soft voices and kind ways brought Little Darling away from the chaos in her dysfunctional family home for short periods of time. The characters spoke on television like they were speaking to someone they loved.  Their gentle voices made Little Darling feel accepted not rejected. These two television personalities brought Little Darling compassion and understanding.  She loved being part of the healthy “Neighbourhood” Mister Rogers provided her.  Little Darling liked to pretend she lived in the huge castle with Friendly Giant and her puppet friends Rusty and Jerome.  She so enjoyed when Friendly Giant would play his flute and reach down and arrange the tiny furniture for his guests.   These two television personalities gave the little girl hope.  They showed her not all men were like her Father forever angry, loud and yelling or looking disgusted with her.  These Men “taught her victims should be treated with compassion in order to heal”.

Compassion gives us the ability to understand someone else’s situation and the desire to take action to improve their lives…For people who are dependent on others for help and support compassion is often the most important factor in allowing them to lead fulfilling lives.

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