The Center for Faith & Culture—Olivet Nazarene University

Emergent; Christianity

Magic Words from a Kangaroo


Like a lot of people my age, I grew up strongly influenced by Captain Kangaroo.  I hardly missed an episode and waited with anxious anticipation for the next installment of the series.  The Captain made my day!  He often referenced certain words which he called "magic words."  They weren't magic because he used them to perform slight-of-hand tricks like a magician.  They were magic because they encouraged viewers to treat others with respect and kindness.  The Captain insisted that Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose, and Mr. Greenjeans begin requests with the magic word "Please" and accept responses with "Thank You."  I suppose that was my introduction to the basic building blocks of civility for human interaction.

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