I think EVERY kid that comes through your school, and especially those who are lucky enough to have you as a teacher, will grow to have much greater respect for the "Little Moments" that take your breath away. Every Monday in my daughters grade 2 class, they have circle time in the morning where the kids all sit on the floor at the front of the class, and take turns sharing what they did that weekend. They talk about what they learned, what they did, who they were with, did they have fun, did they get scared, and why. None of the kids are forced to say anything if they don't want to, but my daughter,s teacher encourages them all to share a story. Almost all the kids share at least one story, sometimes more, and "class" doesn't start until everyone has had a chance to share their "moments". One can only imagine what your students must be thinking when they walk back into class after a weekend or a long break like Christmas AM. "WOW, you went WHERE, on WHAT, and it was HOW COLD?" How do you encourage a younger generation to "LIVE for LIFE"?? You give them a class room, with a teacher like AM. My hat is off to you AM, and I wish there were more people like you in this world.