Today, I was talking about caring to my 1st period class (8th grade). I had put up Christmas lights all around my room and told them it was my 1st year decorating my room. I asked students if they could figure out why I would put lights up. Some said they look nice or because I just wanted to. When I got to explaining why I put them up, I told them about an article I read stating that there are some students who don't have Christmas lights and/or a tree at home and they walk into a dark home. As I was saying that, my eyes started watering, began to cry, and left the room to compose myself. When I came back, I told them that I wanted to be a light in someone's life. Then I asked if any of my students ever saw their teacher cry and they only listed female elementary ones. I definitely won't apologize for being who I am. I hope that I didn't freak anyone out or scare someone by crying in front of class. Especially being a male high school teacher!