10 Signs That Give People The Impression That You Are Too Sweet

"Mister Rogers": A look back

Frederick "Fred" McFeely Rogers was born March 20, 1928, without fanfare. On February 27, 2003, Fred Rogers passed away also without fanfare. I am convinced that this is how he wanted his exit from life to be. No parades, flags at half-mast, and no government holiday.

But for 33 consistent years, Fred Rogers impacted the masses of young and old with such a stealthy directness, gentleness and soft-spoken voice, that he was often made the butt of parodies, which he easily took in stride. Rogers was a good sport. If you could ask the late Johnny Carson, he would agree with me because on The Tonight Show, he spoofed a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with him, (Carson) parodying Rogers. Afterwards, Carson made the statement, “I’ve known Fred Rogers for years and I have the highest respect for him. And he has always been a good sport when we or anyone pokes fun at him.”

"Mister (Fred) Rogers"

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People who are too sweet are always smiling

Donnie and Marie Osmond: Often accused of being too sweet

Rogers was loved and admired

Rogers just happened to be one of Carson’s guests that night and when it came his turn to be interviewed by Carson, Rogers sat and laughed at himself with a genuine laugh that proved Carson’s point of him being a good sport.

I confess it. I was a fan of Mr. Rogers, but not as much when I first discovered his show on PBS. Actually “I” thought Rogers was “acting” and being silly to boot. That attitude soon changed when I stopped to study his background as a Presbyterian minister who was not pleased at how mainstream television was treating children’s programming, so he decided to do something about it.

Enter “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” and his weekly-visit to the “Neighborhood of Make Believe,” where he and his viewers were all treated to a ride on his “Magic Trolley.” This sounds like a review, but it’s not. Far from it. Just my way of using Fred Rogers as my inspiration of someone who I’m sure at some point of his life was openly-accused of being too sweet. Sadly, there are people that way.

But without placing Fred Rogers on a pedestal, he was human. I am one who would bet that he had his moments of irritation, frustration, and aggravation, and probably let a few unacceptable words slip from his mouth. I do not know this for a legal fact. I am just willing to take an uneducated guess.

Fred Rogers on the set of "Mister Rogers"

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I admit it. I miss Mister Rogers

Toward the end of Rogers’ run on PBS, I liked him. Not just for his stance against violence of any type, but how he wove his “anti” message into his shows and stood against such things as abuse, animal cruelty, and war among nations. Rogers had a backbone. And wasn’t a limp noodle about using it.

So if you were of the opinion that Fred Rogers was too sweet, you must have recognized the signs of this state that might be annoying to some. And if you didn’t read the signs, here are

“10 Signs That Give People The Impression That You Are Too Sweet”

Frederick "Fred" McFeely Rogers

(March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003)


was an American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, author, and television host. Rogers was most famous for creating and hosting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001), which featured his gentle, soft-spoken personality and directness to his audiences.

Initially educated to be a minister, Rogers was displeased with the way television addressed children and made an effort to change this when he began to write for and perform on local Pittsburgh-area shows dedicated to youth. WQED developed his own show in 1968 and it was distributed nationwide by Eastern Educational Television Network. Over the course of three decades on television, Fred Rogers became an indelible American icon of children's entertainment and education, as well as a symbol of compassion, patience, and morality. He was also known for his advocacy of various public causes. His testimony before a lower court in favor of fair use recording of television shows to play at another time (now known as time shifting) was cited in a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Betamax case, and he gave now-famous testimony to a U.S. Senate committee, advocating government funding for children's television.

Rogers received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, some forty honorary degrees, and a Peabody Award. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, was recognized by two Congressional resolutions, and was ranked No. 35 among TV Guide's Fifty Greatest TV Stars of All Time.[5] Several buildings and artworks in Pennsylvania are dedicated to his memory, and the Smithsonian Institution displays one of his trademark sweaters as a "Treasure of American History".


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People who are too sweet never meet a stranger

  • A cheesy-smile is plastered on your face around the clock.
  • You overdo using manners such as literally jogging across a wide parking lot to open a car door for a woman.
  • You overdo using manners when you exit the grocery store by struggling to try to carry four women’s groceries.
  • When you are shopping and happen to see a man dressed in a three-piece suit and tie, you are like a possessed man in inviting yourself to straighten his tie and using a lint-catching wheel (you always carry with you) on his suit.
  • If you see a small child with his mom and the child has fell into a mud puddle, you take the kid to a clothing store and suit him up all on your credit card.
  • If you know of a housewife in your neighborhood whose husband has forgotten her birthday, “you” send her a dozen red roses and pay for them, but you cannot remain anonymous for you want her to know that “you” wanted her to be happy.
  • One time you lay down on the sidewalk to cover a dog’s fecal matter to keep an elderly man (with failing eyesight) from stepping in mess and soil his shoes.
  • You are as fidgety as a mongoose attacking a cobra when you are in line at the grocery store for jumping from one line to the next just looking for someone who comes up short so “you” can pay for their food.
  • You have gone as far as to go to the local jail so you can collect the prisoners’ orange jumpsuits so you can wash and iron them at no cost to your town.
  • You are a fixture at the local middle school for visiting one class each week to give a lecture on “Using Proper Manners.”
  • And one for good luck . . .
  • You buy a full-page ad in your local newspaper to tell everyone just how wonderfully this hub was written.

If I am ever accused of being too sweet, then I will consider it a great honor to be in the same league as one great guy, Mr. Fred Rogers.

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Kiss andTales 2 years ago

Very interesting hub. Also how you use the word sweet as being very nice or timid. Or just extra out the ordinary kind and nice .I think I would prefer this type of person then a bitter, sour, contentious , complainer , or wicked ,any day. Because the world has a enough of that. If you find a person like this ,this one is a Jewel in a friend or neighbor you would really want in your neighbor hood. or said best friend.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I was sweet once back in '78.


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cammyshawn 2 years ago

By this description we could use more "too sweet" people in the world! Good article Sir!


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

I used to enjoy watching Mr. Rogers with my kids. He was a good man who set a good example for everyone.

Now having said that, It has been my experience that you generally need to watch out for the “too sweet” people because they are the ones who are smiling as they slip the knife into your back.


sheilamyers 2 years ago

I was a huge Mr Rogers fan back in the day. As I got older, I started to think he was weird, but he and his show were great for little kids. As for people too sweet ... you're examples would make my teeth hurt at the "sweetness". Well, not really. Someone going to those lengths would probably set off my "creep meter".


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DrBill-WmL-Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

I am still a Mr Rogers fan. His development company sends out a newsletter full of good thoughts. I'd like to be thought of as "Sweet" - but I don't seem to come off that way. But, I'll keep trying! Thanks for sharing! ;-)


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Mr. Rogers was a greater guy and will be remembered for a long time. There are many people that could take a few lessons from him. Thanks for remembering him.


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LailaK 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Kenneth,

I am so glad to be following you! Loved this hub! Unfortunately, the sweetest of people are the ones taken advantage of. Voted up and away!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear LailaK,

I am the one who is blessed with YOU following me. Thank you for the comments and compliments.

Yes, it is sad when the sweet people get ran over, but we reap what we sow.

This is a true law of the universe.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, aviannaovice,

Thank you for the kind words. Mr. Rogers and Capt. Kangaroo, Robert Keeshan, were my favorites.

And both were as nice in real life as on the air.

It was my pleasure to pay my respects to Mr. Rogers. And I thank you for liking this hub.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

DrBill-WmL-Smith,

Firstly, thank you for the nice and truthful comment. Secondly, do not worry. I am in the same boat as you.

I try to be sweet, but people around me always reply, "What are you up to?"

I appreciate you very much.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear sheilamyers,

You are correct. I too, thought of the weird factor as I grew older, but now that I am OLDer, I appreciate the impact he had on our nation's children.

One thing that amazed me about his show that ran for so long is that he worked on little of nothing. His wife, Ruth, played piano for him off-stage and the crafts he made from the rolls paper towels are wrapped upon and so on.

He cared about kids. And that, today, is worth something to me.

And thanks for NOT letting your creep meter go off when you read how we can tell if people are too sweet.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, MizBeJabbers,

Thanks from the heart for your comment about sweet people. I have to agree with you on this.

I have had several experiences with SWEET people. One from our church who conned his way into a renter house we own and turns out he never lived up to his part of the contract; he drank, took pills, got locked up in Mississippi and had the entire church upset for most all of the members gave him money or things.

That taught me what you said: The sweetest people are the ones smiling as they stick you in the back with a knife. Amen and amen, sister.

I appreciate and love you, my friend and follower.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Cammy,

How true. Thanks for reminding me of this fact.

And you are a Sweet person for commenting.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Eric,

I was too, but in '79.

The toughest day of my life.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Kiss and Tales,

I admire you for what you said in your comment. I agree that there are way too many bellyachers and complainers in our world and when we find a truly nice, sweet person, we have found a jewel.

So may I say that by finding you, I found a Real Jewel.

I mean that with all respect.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

ATTENTION EVERYONE WHO COMMENTED ON THIS HUB:

I am trying something new.

I take this box to say THANK YOU ALL for your nice, sweet, and interesting comments.

I have THE BEST followers on HubPages.

Kenneth.

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