You taught me to be curious,
to look at the world around me
and to take in all of its magic.
You taught me to be wise,
to weigh my words before I spoke them
and to use them like my sword.
You taught my to be brave,
to work at conquering the world within me
so that I could take on the world outside.
You taught me to laugh,
to not take life so seriously so that
my laughter filled the air like music.
You taught me to read,
giving me access to a portable kind of magic
and many worlds within which to live.
You taught me to wonder,
to always question everything
until I understood it completely.
You taught me the value of magic,
that even something as simple as a hug
could raise up the spirits of another.
You taught me to love unconditionally,
even though this was the hardest lesson to learn.
Without it, I would not have so much love in my life.
I am who I am today
because of what you taught me.
I can only hope that I’ve done you proud
and that I’ve filled your life with as much wonder
as you’ve filled mine.