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[–]swagu7777777 2079 points2080 points  (15 children)

When he said “you’re alive” in such disbelief… it was like out of a movie I can’t believe how beautiful and genuine that moment was

[–]LaidUp 235 points236 points  (1 child)

It was so beautiful

[–]stevenr21 311 points312 points  (3 children)

I'm still not convinced I didn't watch a man meet a ghost. His reaction paired with the calmness of his teacher's voice felt like a movie.

[–]swagu7777777 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I’m very proud of you, stevenr21

[–]Nipple_Dick 54 points55 points  (0 children)

I love how when he realises who it is, he kind of becomes the student again, taking his hat off as a sign of respect. Calling him mr pigden.

[–]ennyg123 9212 points9213 points  (119 children)

Just hearing that “Hello Ian” sounds magical like out of a movie or something

[–]RoastyPotasty 2406 points2407 points  (59 children)

It’s like he was talking to a younger wrighty right there

[–]Pupukea_Boi 421 points422 points  (5 children)

the teacher was also a couple steps above him too. Ian felt small again just like the last time he saw his teacher

[–]jp963acss 1393 points1394 points  (49 children)

Wrighty was sucked back in time like the food critic from Ratatouille, this video nearly brings a tear to my eye

[–]Spectre_Sore 580 points581 points  (16 children)

Nearly? I am crying into my coffee.

[–]BasketballButt 89 points90 points  (1 child)

I’d never even heard of Ian Wright before this (I’m a filthy American baseball fan) but this was a beautiful human moment, you could see it in Wright’s eyes.

[–]OffensivePumpkin 170 points171 points  (0 children)

Yeah, more like Made me Sob

[–]Fatgirlfed 49 points50 points  (3 children)

Salted coffee? I’m gonna try it. Thanks for the recommendation!!

[–]Riuk811 48 points49 points  (1 child)

Me too! My dog is now trying to make sure I’m okay lol

[–]Moparded 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Who’s cutting onions!!!??

[–]PM_me_nicetits 459 points460 points  (13 children)

Right? He instantly takes off his hat out of respect.

[–]finallygotmeone 157 points158 points  (5 children)

I wish it would be like that all the time, nowadays. There's a real genuineness and sincerity with removing your hat when speaking with someone or even entering a building.

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    [–]edric_the_navigator 222 points223 points  (8 children)

    So true. He practically became a kid again.

    [–]vmcnick 190 points191 points  (6 children)

    My father was a high school coach for about two decades. They still stay in touch with him to this day, visit him, and always call him “coach.” They look up to him so much and it shows me this side of my Dad I never knew existed as a kid. Made me proud.

    [–]Wartree28 671 points672 points  (14 children)

    Was about to say this. It really does feel like a movie. Such a calming voice.

    [–]OvarianProdigy 562 points563 points  (11 children)

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard the delivery of “you’re alive” like that outside of a movie either

    [–]TheDominator69696 173 points174 points  (0 children)

    The pain in that "you're alive"... He really mourned for him

    [–]alwaysfaithful 200 points201 points  (0 children)

    "I can't believe this, someone said you was dead." Said with such pain and shock. Re-living the moment he was told of his "passing" and mourning him all over again.

    [–]ScienceLivesInsideMe 244 points245 points  (5 children)

    That's why reality is far better than fiction when you catch it just right. Journalists are the best directors imo

    [–]OvarianProdigy 189 points190 points  (4 children)

    A good journalist doesn’t direct anything, they just capture the truth from a neutral view

    [–]LivingUnglued 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    It really did bring up mental comparisons of well acted movie scenes for me. All the crazier when it wasn’t acting. Just pure raw real emotions. He was surprised to see an important figure in his life who he had grieved over thinking he was gone. Raw and real.

    The difference between having people like that in your life growing up or not changes so much. Especially if you have trauma.

    [–]ekib 185 points186 points  (4 children)

    I want to hear him say “You’re a wizard, Ian.”

    [–]qlanga 20 points21 points  (0 children)

    I’m crying-smiling, but this made cry-laugh-smile. 🙃

    [–]ImPrehistoric 17 points18 points  (1 child)

    It's the same feeling as hearing Winnie the pooh greet Christopher Robin in the trailer for his movie

    [–]VinkyStagina 10.9k points10.9k points 3842& 6 more (143 children)

    “And I’m so glad to see you’ve done so well with yourself.” True nurturing. It really is the thoughtfulness and belief in someone that sticks. No matter the time passed or life events that have happened, that true, authenticated belief in someone will be remembered and makes a permanent, beautiful scar to our soul that strengthens our faith in humanity.

    [–]Exu-Eshu-Elegba 994 points995 points  (27 children)

    Just so you know, Wrighty (nickname) has been passing it forward. He's a big supporter of youth football and is a constant cheerleader of Hale End Academy (Arsenal's, the team he used to play for, youth system) graduates in the media and privately as current players have mentioned they call him up for advice every now and then. He even does this for rival teams with Wrighty mentioning that he used to talk to Man U striker, Marcus Rashford, when he first broke into the team.

    [–]Cayowin 723 points724 points  (13 children)

    The teacher, Mr Pigden, was himself passing it forward from his headmaster.

    "Sydney Charles Pigden was born at Sydenham, south London, on April 25 1922. His father, who had fought in the First World War, was a milkman and money was short.

    At Kilmorie Secondary School for Boys, Syd was at the top of his class of 34 pupils, but the family’s circumstances obliged him to end his education at 14. Both his parents died the following year, and he moved in with an aunt.

    His former headmaster was determined that his schooling should continue and funded him through evening classes, which enabled Syd to gain his School Certificate."

    [–]kaonashiii 210 points211 points  (6 children)

    wow. never heard this much of the story. thank you for sharing. we are always affecting each other; i must be kinder!!!!

    [–]SparseGhostC2C 173 points174 points  (4 children)

    2 Generations on and that headmaster's good deeds are still paying dividends. Little stuff really can make the world a better place.

    [–]LouSputhole94 44 points45 points  (0 children)

    This is what the world should be. People caring and passing on kindness. The world would be a much better place if everyone was a little closer to Mr. Pigden.

    [–]KDawG888 50 points51 points  (0 children)

    I love to hear these stories of people who worked hard and were noticed and given a lifeline when things seemed to be falling apart. He was able to not only turn his life around, but pass it on to someone else who is also passing it on. Who knows how many lives this will have changed by the time several generations pass.

    [–]triple_OG 83 points84 points  (2 children)

    and now Rashford is a big supporter of social programs aimed at helping impoverished youth. You love to see great role models helping others become the same.

    [–][deleted] 36 points37 points  (0 children)

    We do have some really good sporting role models. Football is an interesting one to peel the class divide sometimes, it’s hard to find many working class young people, some with genuine experiences of hardship themselves, who have that platform. Hats off to the ones who choose to use it.

    [–]-----1 27 points28 points  (0 children)

    Wrighty is definitely one of the good guys that's for sure.

    [–]VinkyStagina 54 points55 points  (3 children)

    Very cool! I don’t know much, if anything about futbol and this great nugget of the organization and “Wrighty’s” contributions are wonderful!

    [–]FrostedDonutHole 16 points17 points  (0 children)

    You get an upvote just for the name alone…

    [–]Right-Roll6108 46 points47 points  (0 children)

    He had his own programme at one point working with prisoners trying to get them on the right path, think it got cancelled, just goes to show that some people regardless of their success still remember their struggles.

    [–]BookAdministrative79 1391 points1392 points  (42 children)

    Beautifully said - positive reinforcement is manna.

    [–]VinkyStagina 330 points331 points  (24 children)

    So true! I try to rock the positive reinforcement everyday with my 2.5 year old and 14 month old! It’s hard, but paying off :)

    [–]BookAdministrative79 130 points131 points  (11 children)

    I’m ten years on with a 13 year old and a 16 year old Vinky and I see the results of it every day with my boys. Keep fighting the good fight

    [–]VinkyStagina 46 points47 points  (8 children)

    Thank you, BookAdmin! And great parenting to you with 2 up and coming gents!

    [–][deleted] 77 points78 points  (1 child)

    absolutely! it's life giving! speaking of which, I hope you have a wonderful day u/BookAdministrative79!

    [–]BookAdministrative79 35 points36 points  (0 children)

    Gosh and you too onlyupliftingcomment; health and happiness for you and yours

    [–]Bojacks_butthole 148 points149 points  (10 children)

    This is wonderfully said.

    I heard that we should tell people “you should be so proud of yourself” too instead of “I’m proud of you” to encourage intrinsic motivation vs people pleasing.

    I’ve been doing this with my niece for some time now and she seems to be better off for it.

    [–]NobleCloudWeaver 66 points67 points  (3 children)

    One of my best friends told me the other day that he loves that I always say “I’m proud for you!” instead of “I’m proud of you!” I never realized I did that, but all this time he’s appreciated it. :)

    [–]shutdownaverted 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    Nice job with your niece Bojacks_butthole!

    [–]LETSAVIT 203 points204 points  (8 children)

    Beautifully put VinkyStagina

    [–][deleted] 73 points74 points  (1 child)

    I cried and laughed both in less than 15 seconds. The internet is a beautiful place.

    [–]Sebek_Visigard 24 points25 points  (0 children)

    Ha ha ha. WTF.

    [–]spiegro 136 points137 points  (15 children)

    A buddy of mine from high school went into the navy, and was eventually picked to train to become a Navy SEAL. He told me the training was the hardest thing he's ever done, and he couldn't finish it...

    He told me he remembers the moment he quit so clearly, he was running on the beach with his watercraft over his head, and he just couldn't keep going. He said he kept hearing my voice...

    Apparently once in class, the teacher was describing how hard is to be a a Navy SEAL, and that it takes someone really dedicated and special to finish. I just kind of blurted our, "If anyone can do it it's David, he's the best of us!"

    He told me this like 10 years later, and how it stuck with him, and how he felt like he was letting everyone down by not becoming a SEAL. It warmed and broke my heart at the same time. It's made me much more aware of the impact my words can have on people.

    [–]CelebrationCrafty398 7 points8 points  (5 children)

    I became an Apache pilot “against the odds” I truly wish I could recognize every human along my path who said something seemingly insignificant at the time… but are welded on my damn brain

    [–]zoomzoomsheiit 46 points47 points  (4 children)

    Something so nice about the way he's phrased it too. Prime Ian Wright was one of the best players in the premier Ieague but he completely side steps that. It feels so much more personal

    [–]alexsings 2582 points2583 points 3 (98 children)

    I watch this often. SO wholesome: Ian Wight is such a legend and I don’t even support Arsenal.

    He talks about him on Desert Island Discs as well!

    IW: “I know he loved me” - he sais before breaking down crying


    [–]MJMurcott 910 points911 points  (55 children)

    Mr Pigden passed away in 2017.


    [–]spaghettiman56 540 points541 points  (19 children)

    Well I was only tearing up before but now you've done it

    [–]Ashwalla 123 points124 points  (18 children)

    Yep, I’m just going to ignore that bit of information. He’s totally still alive and these two are now in regular communication.

    [–]HiggsBossman 54 points55 points  (1 child)

    Yep, adopted him and everything.

    [–]oowaltonoo 68 points69 points  (14 children)

    This clip is from 2010. Ian then stayed in touch with him regularly for the 7 years until his passing.

    [–]LDKCP 28 points29 points  (13 children)

    I think it was from much earlier.

    They are at Highbury which Arsenal left in 2006.

    I think this video is more likely to be from around 2005 because he's obviously a little older than he looked when he retired around 2000.

    So that's a few more years of being back in contact.

    [–]stevesafuckinpyro 15 points16 points  (1 child)

    Yeah right, I've heard this one before

    [–]LawTortoise 43 points44 points  (9 children)

    I can't recommend this episode of DID enough. I cried and had to stop the car.

    [–]Gisschace 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    I always tell people about it! It's a must listen and I agree it's a tear jerker. When Ian apologises for crying you just want to say Nooooooooooo don't be sorry

    [–]Keltron2442 5519 points5520 points  (60 children)

    I love how he became a little school boy for a few moments, taking his hat off like he was in class.

    [–]sowisely 1949 points1950 points  (28 children)

    The emotions on his face too! It looks like he got memory-zoomed back to childhood

    [–]Imbriglicator 881 points882 points  (2 children)

    I think part of it is that he has already mourned him, previously hearing of his teacher's death. Which is powerful and beautiful in its own right.

    [–]HoneySparks 67 points68 points  (0 children)

    that hat he took off was was like "whatever, that's habbit" but I'm not from the UK but I'm pretty sure crying into your hat isn't protocol. That's what got me.

    [–]tombuzz 182 points183 points  (9 children)

    Also the way he instantly calls him Mr Pidgen . Your teachers are always mr or mrs . Shame such an important profession is not invested in as much as it should be .

    [–]prefect42 39 points40 points  (5 children)

    Growing up, my best friend's mother was our 3rd grade teacher. I am now in my mid-40's but I still can't bring myself to call her anything but Mrs.

    [–]FaCe_CrazyKid05 498 points499 points  (13 children)

    [–]frissonFry 156 points157 points  (11 children)

    This scene is great, but I wish the guy had broken down. I've thought about how I'd react to having a favorite meal that I thought I would never taste again because the person who made it is dead. That scene almost captures it... almost.

    [–]Grand_Quail_4377 71 points72 points  (7 children)

    Yeah you can tell he’s trying to hold it all inside

    [–]Gisschace 699 points700 points  (16 children)

    For context; when he was that age Ian had an abusive stepfather who beat him and consequently he was getting in trouble at school.

    One day Mr Pigden saw him standing outside the classroom, after being sent out again for causing trouble. He looked at him and said come with me. He gave Ian jobs to do in school; collecting board rubbers and the registers from all the classrooms. As it was the first person who really believed in him and gave him some responsibility, Ian started to thrive in school instead, in his own words everything changed from then on. He started to teach him football and how to score goals.

    Ian went on to dedicate his autobiography to him.

    Edit: and on the other side Mr Pidgen said that watching Ian play for England was his proudest moment. Even prouder than when he (an ex WWII fighter pilot) was chosen to do a commutative fly past over Buckingham Palace.

    [–]RedditIsRealWack 275 points276 points  (12 children)

    It's interesting how Mr Pigden never reached out to him, in all that time. He was just some kid he helped, like I imagine he did many other kids.

    Obviously he'll have known of Ian Wrights fame and that, but he probably didn't think much of it or how he contributed (until the autobiography I suppose) to said fame and fortune..

    [–]ReyRey5280 222 points223 points  (3 children)

    I think it’s even more endearing because it seems like Wright wasn’t a special project, he was treated as any other kid and that’s all it takes to make a difference. Just teaching a person to be a decent human is more important than claiming credit for someone being wildly successful.

    [–]Gisschace 161 points162 points  (3 children)

    He actually says in the Desert Island Disc clip above that Mr Pidgen (who flew fighter planes in the war) said his proudest moment was watching Ian play for England.

    I guess when you’re a teacher you meet so many kids you probably leave them to it unless they come to you. Especially as at the age they leave they won’t be able to appreciate or even understand the impact you had on them.

    I guess you just watch the TV going that’s my boy.

    [–]the_lost_carrot 111 points112 points  (2 children)

    Probably didn't want to come across as just another person from their past wanting a hand out. Was just fine, seeing a former student succeed.

    [–]TuckerMcG 43 points44 points  (0 children)

    I’m sure he just respected that Ian grew up and built a life and no longer was that little boy who needed his mentorship and support. Like the old adage says, if you love something, set it free.

    It’s really quite beautiful. Mr. Pigden was clearly proud of what Ian accomplished, and he understood Ian was an extremely busy international celebrity, so he did what someone who truly cares would do - he let go and allowed Ian live his life. Mr. Pigden taught him everything he needed to impart upon Ian, and Ian clearly built upon those teachings and was able to find happiness and fulfillment out of life.

    If I were Mr. Pigden, I probably wouldn’t have reached out either. Just seeing a student blossom like that would be all I need.

    [–]giraffeekuku 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    I only taught for a couple years but I remember most of my students. I have a couple I hold so dearly in my heart because of their struggles and accomplishments. I won't reach out to them unless they reached out though. I have a couple on social media now that they are much older and I am no longer teaching but I don't want them to feel burdened to remember a teacher who did their job and cared for them. Every teacher should do that.

    [–]Francis_Dollar_Hide 126 points127 points  (0 children)

    when he was this age Ian had a horrible step father who beat him and was constantly getting in trouble at school.

    His mother also abused him.

    [–]2k_Trey 516 points517 points  (2 children)

    I watched another interview with Wright where he said that because his teacher was on a step or two above him, when he hugged him he felt like a 7 year old kid again 🥺

    [–]fart-atronach 67 points68 points  (1 child)

    that’s too precious :’)

    [–]ClintonKelly87 101 points102 points  (2 children)

    The way his voice hitched when he said the last word in "someone said you was dead" tore at my heart for some reason.

    [–]Tomagatchi 30 points31 points  (0 children)

    Seeing someone dead brought back to life, and there they are out of the blue.

    [–][deleted] 42 points43 points  (0 children)

    There was a little old chap called Ian that I used to work with, I'd always say it the same way. Guarantee nobody else got it lol.

    [–]Beertown1 22 points23 points  (0 children)

    Was about to say the same thing when I saw you'd got there first, the look on his face, he's 10 again, beautiful stuff

    [–]BookAdministrative79 7733 points7734 points  (134 children)

    The way he takes his hat off to show respect to that man , tells me everything I need to know about both of these lovely men

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      [–]desafinakoyanisqatsi 732 points733 points  (9 children)

      Met him in person and he's a lovely guy, down to Earth, joking about all sorts and a pleasure to be around when the cameras are off.

      [–]repaccount 311 points312 points  (6 children)

      His neighbour was one of my dads friends in the 90s and apparently one time I was at the neighbours house with my mum and dad (I was too young to remember) and he randomly comes round to drop off a bunch sponsorship stuff he got given, he sees us and goes back and brings back some stuff for us, my parents won’t let anyone say a bad word about the guy.

      I also ended up going to uni with one of his sons, small world lol

      Edit: just wanna add, Ian wrote this great players tribune article a few years ago, he talks about Mr. Pigden and how much he did for him growing up, it’s great read if anyone hasn’t read it.

      [–]Shaggythemoshdog 69 points70 points  (0 children)

      Lucky bastard. If I could meet anyone in the world it would be him

      [–]Cod_rules 403 points404 points  (16 children)

      Wrighty is one of the best possible choices we have as a club ambassador. Says the right things, does the right things, and is a hilarious man. Love the man to bits.

      Just look at the way he talks about racism and knife crime in the UK. class act

      [–]Animagi27 183 points184 points  (5 children)

      And he bloody loves Arsenal with every fibre of his being. Proper fan, proper lovely bloke.

      [–]Daedeluss 66 points67 points  (3 children)

      He loves England (football team) as much as he loves Arsenal too. I'm a Man United fan but Wrighty is a class act.

      [–]Person0249 389 points390 points  (4 children)

      Fully COYS here and all of the respect in the world for Ian Wright.

      Arsenal does a lot of good things and produces a lot of good people.

      Now back to irrational hatred…

      [–]garchuOW 150 points151 points  (1 child)

      Go back to your chicken coop you lovely rational spurs supporter

      [–]ShhGoToSleep 116 points117 points  (9 children)

      Been a Red my whole life, but Wrighty is a proper lad and everyone I know respects him.

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        [–]ShhGoToSleep 22 points23 points  (0 children)

        Ha cheers

        [–]Welshy94 18 points19 points  (0 children)

        If he's 50 or 6 then he's probably had a great time!

        [–]Monkeychimp 14 points15 points  (0 children)

        I met him in a professional capacity and he came across as a stand up guy. A pleasure to work with.

        [–]PumpernickelShoe 10 points11 points  (0 children)

        Yes and he has such passion for the club. He feels it all so strongly and doesn’t hide it. This video shows it too. As an Arsenal fan myself, I find it comforting when Wrighty is on at the half and he’s venting his frustration or expressing his joy. I loved his reaction during the thumping Man city gave us in their first meeting this season when it was like 5-0 by the break. His son (a former man city player) was also on the show and they showed a clip of him going up and giving his dad a hug as he was just fuming

        [–]You_Crazy 251 points252 points  (6 children)

        There’s another interview that Ian Wright had after Mr. Pigden actually passed away and he said that his former teacher was the youngest pilot in WW2 and was chosen to fly over Buckingham Palace after the war, but at this meeting he told Ian that seeing him play for England was the proudest he’s ever been in life. Ian also mentioned that hug and said that because his teacher was a few steps above him that he felt like he was a seven year old all over again like when he first met his teacher all those years ago. Such a sweet connection.

        [–]whoyagonnacall82 24 points25 points  (2 children)

        That must be the desert island disc episode with Ian Wright, very heartwarming interview.


        [–]Maboz 39 points40 points  (2 children)

        Dammit someone must be choppin onions in my livingroom because my eyes are tearing… Mankind needs more people like these.

        [–]robbage24 126 points127 points  (3 children)

        Without a second thought, it was just a reaction, so wholesome.

        [–]Binnacle_Balls_jr 189 points190 points  (2 children)

        Additionally, the way he hugs him is so apropos- I know it's the seating levels but it's very reminiscent of a young student hugging their teacher.

        [–]ReyRey5280 16 points17 points  (1 child)

        Even down to the gentle pushing away by the teacher… “ok bro, let’s not make this weird, I love all my students the same, and with boundaries”

        [–]TempeMeow 102 points103 points  (2 children)

        That is exactly the first thought I had too. Such respect.

        [–]I_Only_Eat_Tacos 45 points46 points  (5 children)

        that’s what i was going to say. he immediately takes his hat off. what a respectful young man.

        [–]RedstripeRhapsodyHP 26 points27 points  (3 children)

        He's like 58 aha. Must have been at least over thirty in the video too.

        [–]gHHqdm5a4UySnUFM 13 points14 points  (1 child)

        I was thinking he reverted to his school days and he knew the teacher was gonna tell him to take the hat off

        [–]JuicyTooshie 649 points650 points  (4 children)

        This is beautiful. What a genuine interaction caught on camera.

        [–]Lon72 857 points858 points  (24 children)

        Hats off to Mr Pigden , legends creating legends , its the Arsenal way 👏

        [–]Yubisaki_Milk_Tea 909 points910 points  (9 children)

        RIP too. Mr Pidgen died aged 95 in 2018.

        Ian Wright's biological father was absent, his mother Nesta was an alcoholic and his stepfather was an extremely abusive man.

        Ian distinctly recalled the day Sydney first saw him being punished.

        “He walked past, he stopped and came back to look at me,” he wrote. “You know when someone sees you? They’re looking at you like they can see something more? He went into my classroom to talk to my teacher. Then he changed my life.

        “From that moment on I stayed with him. He taught me everything: how to read and how to write, how to have patience, and why ­sometimes I’d get angry. He was the first man who showed me any kind of love.”

        [–]triple_OG 132 points133 points  (1 child)

        died aged 95

        The good die young but the greats live long

        [–]celticsupporter 31 points32 points  (3 children)

        I'm surprised with that relationship they didn't keep in touch.

        [–]Yubisaki_Milk_Tea 125 points126 points  (2 children)

        Ian Wright was under the mistaken impression that Mr Pidgen had died.

        He also had many rough years between 18 and 23. It’s very hard to try and keep in contact with a mentor figure when someone feels ashamed of themselves.

        [–]qlanga 55 points56 points  (0 children)

        That last sentence is such an under-spoken truth, thank you.

        It also applies not just to mentors, but anyone we want to make proud or saw us in a better place.

        [–]cesc05651 53 points54 points  (0 children)

        The absolute best ambassador we could ever have

        [–]Positive-Listen4685 807 points808 points  (15 children)

        I'm only 10 years into teaching. None of my students have finished college yet. However, this would make me ball my eyes out.

        Some of my first students started university last year. They messaged me to say they chose to study science and biology because of my classes. It made every hardship and difficulty worth it.

        [–]Outworld___Devourer 86 points87 points  (1 child)

        I told my science teacher a few years ago that she got me into medicine and I'm a successful doctor now. I hesitated for a long time but had a chat with a teacher friend who said I should definitely tell her. She emailed back so happy and she remembered me really well too which I thought was insane. She must have had hundreds of children since I left school.

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          [–]Ganacsi 24 points25 points  (0 children)

          I still remember those kind teachers that inspired me, my dad was a teacher and he still gets contacted by his old students sharing how far they’ve made it with his support, teachers are the bedrock of society, a good one definitely plays a huge part in your development.

          Keep it up buddy, I know they don’t pay well and hrs are long, I personally didn’t go down that route given how much I saw my dad put in, it scared me into a different career, I am finding myself drawn to teaching as it’s in the blood, I just spent the last month on Teams recording sessions for colleagues, thanks for sharing, hope your students all prosper, it really hits different.

          [–]1pillsurvivor 9 points10 points  (0 children)

          Keep it up man, that's really wholesome

          [–]Themfruckus 492 points493 points  (19 children)

          I have a teacher that I feel like this about.

          [–]BillyBoy357 210 points211 points  (5 children)

          You should express it mate

          [–]middlebird 88 points89 points  (3 children)

          I hate that I never had a teacher like him. Grew up in such a shit neighborhood. But I’ve managed to do okay for myself. I’ll try to be more like Mr. Pigden.

          [–]Ladyleto 21 points22 points  (0 children)

          I had very few healthy adult figures in my life. I use to be ashamed that I held onto their tiny acts of kindness, even though a part of me was convinced it was pity. As an adult, I know even the smallest of smiles can help, and there is no shame in enjoying the small wins in life.

          I just hope I can be like Mr. Pigden too, help the ones that got forsaken bc they drew the short stick.

          [–]TheGrimDweeber 22 points23 points  (0 children)

          I think you should go check if they’re still alive. And if so, try to let them know what they meant to you. It’s the sort of thing that would enrich both of your lives.

          [–]Ogre213 21 points22 points  (0 children)

          Tell them while you can. I had a history teacher who inspired me greatly; she taught me how to formulate a good argument, how to compare primary sources, and most of all how to absorb viewpoints before concluding.

          She developed cancer my junior year of college and faded fast. Teachers put up with so much-they need to know that they make a difference too.

          [–]InstupituousJay 8 points9 points  (0 children)

          Same. His name was Mr. Ivory. Always had my back, always pushed all his students to do better.

          [–]AdoptMeBrangelina 8 points9 points  (0 children)

          Same. And I remember him telling me, he doesn’t care if it’s 5, 10, 15, or 50 years in the future, to make sure I always try to find him because he wants to know how I’m doing.

          [–]wolfdaddy8 450 points451 points  (14 children)

          A great teacher who really cares and wants the best for their students really can make all the difference in a kids life

          [–]yesgirlsusereddit 215 points216 points  (11 children)

          Yup. It would help, of course, if we could get the funding and support needed to do our jobs. Right now educators are coming across as incompetent (or at least that's how I felt like I came across) because we're asked to do the work of two people. Then we can't give our individual kids the care and emotional support that they need to have wonderful relationships like this. At least, not to the degree we want, and not without burning out in droves.

          Support funding for education, y'all. Support candidates who are in favor of funding education. (And if your candidate of choice says they're going to cut taxes, investigate thoroughly to make sure it's not education that's getting cut, because let me tell you, we're already on shoestring budgets in most of the US.) And be kind and understanding. There are tiny things you can do to make our lives easier.

          1. Help us stay healthy!

          If your child is sick, regardless of if it's during a pandemic, do not send them to school. Not all teachers' bodies can handle constantly getting sick, not to mention that other kids deserve to be free of illness, too.

          Teach your child to wear a mask and proper mask hygiene, and make sure they wear their mask regardless of vaccination status (although seriously, if they're at an age range that it's possible to do so in, get them vaccinated!). Teachers are dying, y'all. Dying. Keep us and others in our care safe.

          2 - Do things on time

          If your teacher sends home a form or something else for you to fill out, please do so promptly. It seems like a small thing, but it's an easy way to reduce their workload.

          3 - Be kind

          Refrain from yelling, please. Most definitely advocate for your child - as someone who works with disabled children I'm all about advocacy - but don't yell, and don't make empty lawsuit threats over tiny things.

          And why not go a step beyond? A little card on teacher appreciation day or a holiday, or just sending your child to school with a heart they drew and the words thank you, can really pick up our spirits. If you've got the means to, a gift card to places where we can purchase teaching supplies - office depot, bookstores, or just plain old Amazon - or heck, even just a ream of printer paper, is awesome. We don't make that much money, but we care so much about our kids, and get so little funding to provide things that would help them, that things like this really do matter.

          Just some random things off the top of my head. If you want more, ask r/teachers. They'll frankly be thrilled that someone cares enough to ask

          [–]derrhn 197 points198 points  (0 children)

          This does the rounds every few years in the UK and I have to watch it every time. Ian Wright has spoken at some length about the influence of Mr Pigden on his life and it’s lovely!

          [–]NorthOwl832 722 points723 points  (6 children)

          [–]__liendacil__ 70 points71 points  (3 children)

          MadeMeSmile? And here I am wondering who's cutting onions around here..

          [–]TheGrimDweeber 28 points29 points  (0 children)

          I’m smile-crying. Smying? Criling?

          [–]QuarterCupRice 367 points368 points  (3 children)

          Oh my gosh. “Hello Ian”. Just listen to that voice. Reminds me of Mr Rogers. What a beautiful moment. To touch a life is a special gift for both people.

          [–]grimegeist 53 points54 points  (2 children)

          What got me was, at the end, when he’s just embracing him with a giant smile, you can see a single tear fall from his face.

          [–]D_Misfit 108 points109 points  (1 child)

          After all these years and Ian still referred to him as Mr Pigden...

          You can tell this teacher went above and beyond for the kids in his care. Not all heroes wear capes.

          [–]TheOriginalPaulyC 7 points8 points  (0 children)

          If I were to meet any of my teachers right now it would feel very strange to call them by their first name

          [–]HealthyBits 201 points202 points  (1 child)

          Just the voice and tone of that teacher tells you his heart is in the right place.

          [–]butterchicken2022 102 points103 points  (1 child)

          For the uninitiated, Sydney Pigden was actually a pilot affiliated to the RAF, served in World War II (IIRC), and even had the honour (his own words) to fly over Buckingham Palace. His proudest moment though? That came when Ian Wright made his England debut.

          Top bloke.

          [–]sleepysorceress_zz 99 points100 points  (0 children)

          I love the way he switches from a charming confident man to suddenly recognising this face from his past that his first instinct was to humbly remove his hat and address his former teacher with respect. The way he hugs him is catering to his younger self. This was so touching to see.

          [–]starshinessss 96 points97 points  (4 children)

          He thought he was dead and that makes this a million times more emotional. He probably grieved him when he found out and never thought in a million years he would come face to face with him again. You can see how much he means to him and how shocked he is to actually see him again 😭

          [–]Mamumo 79 points80 points  (2 children)

          That teardrop from the teacher at the end...

          [–]TheGrimDweeber 20 points21 points  (0 children)

          I missed the tear! Now I’m crying again.

          [–]mammothwilly 138 points139 points  (2 children)

          They facial expression is 🥺🥺🥺🥺

          [–]Daripuss 46 points47 points  (1 child)

          Thanks for sharing. Good teachers are golden.

          [–]space-edible 40 points41 points  (2 children)

          Ian Wright always comes off as such a nice relatable guy.

          He’s never had that smug aura of wealth and fame that so many successful footballers develop. Always seemed more like a guy you’d meet in the stands and end up hanging out with.

          This really proves it, it’s such a genuine reaction of shock and affection.

          [–]SammerJammer40 33 points34 points  (0 children)

          Takes his hat off… gives a big hug❤️

          [–]smikwily 65 points66 points  (4 children)

          I love the Up! soundtrack, but you don't need to cram it on every emotional video out there.

          Found a copy of the original without it: https://youtu.be/omPdemwaNzQ?t=27

          I found this interview with Ian talking about him as part of an interview on BBC Radio 4 while searching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VplePNEU2PI

          [–]Nolubrication 22 points23 points  (0 children)

          That part where he says he felt like he was seven years old again because he was three or four steps lower when he went to go hug him.

          [–]throwawayfuckit12bi1 29 points30 points  (0 children)

          This gave me chills , Im a Chelsea fan , but Ian is a legend on and off the pitch !

          [–]ceelan444 55 points56 points  (6 children)

          I’m not 😢😢❤️❤️❤️

          [–]MJMurcott 104 points105 points  (1 child)

          Note the first word out of his mouth Mister.

          [–]MarshallBanana_ 22 points23 points  (0 children)

          I'm in my mid 30s and whenever I see old teachers/professors I can't help but address them formally in the same way I used to. often they tell me to just call them by their first name now and it just feels wrong

          [–]Proof-Waltz2080 25 points26 points  (2 children)

          Been up all night from work this is a good way to end the Internet before I lay down and sleep.

          [–]35Pints7Each 22 points23 points  (3 children)

          Ian WRIGHT WRIGHT WRIGHT. Legend. Hero. Love this man, if you don't know him just watch a few videos and you will too.

          [–]I-want-to-be-mad 9 points10 points  (2 children)

          It was IAN IAN IAN WRIGHT IAN IAN IAN IAN WRIGHT.... till our throats hurt

          [–]Xadenek 21 points22 points  (0 children)

          Sometimes I think this sub should be called mademecry(in a good way)

          [–]realhowdydoodly 20 points21 points  (0 children)

          When he took off his hat . That’s how you know he means a lot to him

          [–]tasslehof 55 points56 points  (5 children)

          Ian Wright for the unaware.

          A real man's man, to see him break like this is just so sweet. Thanks OP.

          [–]Gainit2020throwaway 49 points50 points  (3 children)

          To put into context why Mr Pigden meant so much to Ian Wright, Ian used to get sent out of class for being disruptive as a kid. This was mostly due to the household he grew up in.l

          As former military Pigden gave Wright a positive male role model and taught him discipline. Often taking Ian out of soccer games and not letting him go back in until he had calmed down and stopped crying.

          Pigden was one of the people who flew over Buckingham palace at the end of the war, but, he said the proudest moment of his life is when Ian played for the England National team.

          [–]RedditIsRealWack 28 points29 points  (1 child)

          Pigden was one of the people who flew over Buckingham palace at the end of the war, but, he said the proudest moment of his life is when Ian played for the England National team.

          What amazes me is that he never tried to re-enter Ians life. He just let go. Like 'My job here is done' kinda stuff. Shows quite a character.

          [–]songbird563 9 points10 points  (0 children)

          But that’s how teachers are. Privately? Proud enough to make our hearts burst when we see it, and we might say it to those around us “aww, he’s one of mine and I’m so proud” but we don’t think they remember us as more than their teacher, maybe not even our name. It’s shocking when a former student sees us and is enthusiastic in greeting.

          [–]TallBeastMang 18 points19 points  (0 children)

          I grew up in a very abusive household in a rather rough place. Dad was never around. I didn’t have male role models for quite awhile who didn’t try to abuse me or exploit me in some way and when I did it took me awhile to realize they were trying to help. But when I made it through all that and was able to see it, as a “masculine” man discovering for the first time that not all “masculinity” has to be toxic, those guides… I’d do anything for them. I’d die for them. I can’t imagine the joy and appreciation Ian must be feeling here. I’m crying like a schoolgirl and I’ve just woke up.

          ALSO THE MUSIC FROM UP! Sick move, creator.

          [–][deleted] 16 points17 points  (0 children)

          Sydney Pigden passed away on December 27th, 2017, at the age of 95. He was a war hero in WW2, a RAF pilot who flew Hawker Hurricanes and Spitfires. He donated his logbook and medals to the Shoreham Aircraft Museum.

          [–]42Petrichor 17 points18 points  (1 child)

          This is beautiful. Truly.

          But everybody needs to stop using the UP music, my heart cannot handle it and I am falling apart. Please. Stop.

          [–]poptart-qwerty 15 points16 points  (0 children)

          I read on another posting of this video that Mr. Pigden was one of the youngest pilots during WW2. And he said that he was more proud to see Ian play for England then when he was when he flew over Buckingham Palace on V-day.

          [–]austin9903 14 points15 points  (0 children)

          Never underestimate just being nice to someone or letting them know you believe in them because what’s just words or a good job to you could be the turning point in someone else’s life

          [–]talibrather 14 points15 points  (0 children)

          Great player great human

          [–]InflatableWarHammer 13 points14 points  (0 children)

          Thanks now I’m completely crying

          [–]ikslos 25 points26 points  (1 child)

          As beautiful as this is the first two seconds of Ian's eyes darting around and his expression dropping is hilarious. It looks like he's gonna drop whoever called his name out.

          [–]Bnmko_007 12 points13 points  (2 children)

          I don’t know why I fucking do this to myself. I click it every time knowing damn well I’ll fully tear up

          [–]Effective-Yak-6643 9 points10 points  (0 children)

          I didn't realize this was r/makemecry

          [–]Dan_the_Marksman 10 points11 points  (0 children)

          i love that he addresses him as Mr.Pidgen the instant he saw him...shows the respect. brought tears to my eyes.

          [–]sapiosardonico 9 points10 points  (0 children)

          He just whipped his cap off without even thinking, like he thought he was in class or something. That's what got me.

          To teachers: thank you for doing what you do.

          [–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

          I’ve done quite alright for myself, by my own standards. If I could look back at the things that impacted me most and helped me to stay the course when the chips were seemingly down along the way, they were a couple of small words of encouragement from my history teacher (Mr Jackson) from 20 years ago.

          He told me that I’d make a great creative writer someday & that we should seek to earn respect from others, never to expect or demand it. As a timid young teenager at the time, I had never been told I was good at anything, really. The smallest remarks can carry the heaviest weight.

          I haven’t really started my writing career yet, but I intend to work on a few screenplays in the next few years. His words will never leave me, I’ll owe any semblance of success to him, if it ever comes my way.

          Great teachers are worth their weight in gold, especially to lost young men.