Fred Rogers sometimes included the letters “IPOY” at the bottom of his written correspondence to remind recipients “I’m Proud of You!” Those four little words have made a huge difference in my life. I remind my loved ones with those words. I want them to know how I feel about them, especially when they’ve had a setback or are feeling down.

Last Friday, after dinner, my high school English teacher and Speech and Debate coach looked me in the eyes and said those words to me, and then gave a big hug to me. I was struck by the power of her words and action. Message received loud and clear, Shirley Marashlian. Thank you.

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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4 Responses to IPOY

  1. I like this never heard of using these letters to say I’m Proud Of You but will now start to use them

  2. ksbeth says:

    i love everything about mr. rogers’ approach to life and people. i’m so glad that you’ve adopted this –

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Beth. The world lost a good and great man when he passed. Hopefully his warmth and light will shine on new generations of children if his shows are still available to watch. I look forward to experiencing the new Tom Hanks movie about Fred Rogers. It seems so right that a good man is portraying a good man.

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