60: My Teachers’ Gifts

60: My Teachers’ Gifts

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Teachers

My Teachers’ Gifts

Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.

~Bob Talbert

I once had a teacher who taught me to read

and how to spell words that I someday would need.

How could she have known where that someday would lead

when she shared her gift with me?

I once had a teacher who taught me to sing.

A song in your heart is such a wonderful thing.

I wonder if she knew the joy that would bring

when she shared her gift with me?

I once had a teacher who taught me to draw.

She opened my eyes to the beauty I saw.

She taught me to see the beauty in us all

when she shared her gift with me.

I once had a teacher who taught me to play

as part of a team — not always just my way.

He taught me a lesson on sharing that day

when he shared his gift with me.

All of these teachers shared lessons that were free.

What I do with these treasures is up to me.

If I share them with others, thankful they’ll be

that they shared their gifts with me.

~Tom Krause

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