39: Gifts

39: Gifts

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Preteens

Gifts

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.

~Mark Van Doren

I once met a teacher who taught me to read
And how to spell words that I someday would need.
She had no idea where that someday would lead
When she shared her gift with me.

I once met a teacher who taught me to draw.
She opened my eyes to the beauty I saw.
She taught me to see there is beauty in us all
When she shared her gift with me.

I once met a teacher who taught me to play
As part of a team — not only my way.
He taught me a lesson on sharing that day
When he shared his gift with me.

I once met a teacher who taught one thing in life —
To believe and have faith during good times and strife.
I wonder if he knew how his words would give light
When he shared his gift with me.

All of my teachers shared gifts that were free.
What I do with these gifts now is all up to me.
If I share them with others, how glad they will be
That they shared their gifts with me.

~Tom Krause

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