You will not remove my laughter.
You will not drown my reserve.
You will not occupy my mind.
You will not monopolize my time.
You will not steal my joy.

I will teach children to have civil debates -
to read books from a diverse canon,
to relish the opportunity to work hard
with your mind or with your hands and
often with both. To refuse to be ashamed
of your occupation, color, history - to
embrace the broken pieces from which
you were formed.

We are all broken pieces, healed
through a broken and contrite heart.


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