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.