I can’t help but tell my students I am proud of them

I say it so often because I want them to be sick of hearing it.  I think surprises are for holidays and birthdays not for self esteem.  More often than that, if not just as much I say “You should be proud of yourself.”  They have lives similar to my own only they return to it every day whilst I was able to escape mine for months at a time. 

I am so fortunate that they come to school and class when they do because my life and this world is better for it.