Mr. Rogers embodied compassion, love, teaching, acceptance, patience, tolerance, and so much more. His way of looking at the world and his kindness in interacting with others has always been a guiding force for Morgan. So when the 2020 global pandemic meant the cancelation of Free Comic Book Day, an annual celebration usually held the first Saturday in May, Morgan decided to honor her personal hero by celebrating 1-4-3 Day instead.
What is 1-4-3 Day and why is it special?
The number 143 was significant to Mr. Rogers. Not only was it his consistent weight for 30 years, it was his shorthand for “I love you.” He said, “It takes one letter to say I and four letters to say love and three letters to say you. One hundred and forty-three.” He incorporated these numbers into his show in a memorable episode where he explains the significance to “Speedy Delivery” Man Mr. McFeeley. Mr. Rogers’ legacy is carried on by the Fred Rogers Center, where The 143 Club provides financial support to the center, sustaining programs that are built upon Fred’s deep and simple approach to child development.
In 2019, in honor of Mr. Rogers, the governor of Pennsylvania (Rogers’ home state) proclaimed the 143rd day of the year to be 1-4-3 Day, Pennsylvania’s first statewide day of kindness.
The timing of 1-4-3 Day in 2020 was perfect. Retail establishments were allowed to reopen their doors, with restrictions, again on May 9, 2020 after having been closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 1-4-3 Day fell only two weeks later, on May 22 (due to leap year). It was the ideal day for Morgan to acknowledge the love she has for her fellow nerds and say thank you to the community for supporting her shop.
Following safe practices – limiting the number of visitors in the shop, maintaining social distance, and keeping masked – Morgan was able to say thank you and reconnect with regulars, spreading much needed love during challenging times.
Below are some photos of “Nerd Sanctuary” friends and neighbors that stopped by to show some love to this geeky paradise as well as respect to Morgan’s favorite role model, Mr. Rogers. Those attending were gifted balloon versions of Daniel Tiger made by staff member, Matt.
It truly was a magical day. To learn more about the wonderful Mr. Rogers, please visit https://www.misterrogers.org/ ????