A Million Little Pieces

I am made up of a million little pieces.
Pieces that fit together as they should to make one, unique me.
And the pieces of my puzzle have taken shape over time
with help from people I hold dear and ones I've had to leave behind.
These lessons, big and small, have been woven together along the way
and combined with thousands of others, have made me exactly  who I am.

I learned to dive from my cousin, Tara
to shuffle cards from my grandmommy
to blow bubbles from my dad
to ski from my first instructor, Linda.

I learned about dentures from my grandma when she took hers out to scare me.

I learned how to find my way home from Jeff
to love ballet from Jason
to drive a car from my mom
to keep in touch from Stephanie.

I learned how to ride a bike from Brian
how to blow dry my bangs from Jennifer
how to wear moisturizer from Lindsey
and how to keep a garden from Kathy.

I fell in love with the idea of teaching because of Mrs. Thomas.

I learned how to french braid from Susan
how to make an omelette from Guenn
to play lacrosse from Reade
and to love my legs from Shana

I learned how to belong to a team from the one and only D-12.

I love sweet & spicy peppers because of Pat
and Ann Taylor because of Danielle.
David Yurman because of Lisa
and Benziger wine because of Susan.

I discovered iced lattes through Courtney
country music through Katie
 my love of baseball hats through Whitney
and the joy of a slow paced walk through Kenzie.

 I learned how to get organized from Sabrina
how to txt from Hannah
how to be a better teacher from Jane
how to trust from Chris.

I've learned never ending patience from my one-of-a-kind students...

The lessons are endless
and the pleasure is all mine.

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