So Well

Some people say,
      “Your gains determine your value.”
      “Success defines you.”
      “What you do makes you who you are.”

      some people
      have it all wrong.

For it is…
…your values
that determine your gain;
…how you define yourself
that makes you a success;
…who you are
that shapes what you do.

And you,
Mrs. Austin,
You are a teacher.

We, your pupils, say,
“Thank you;
Thank you for being
who you are
so well.”

by Brian Shivers
May 2002
Written in honor of Loise Austin, my mother-in-law.  One of the best teachers the world has ever known.


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