I hear people say that you have big shoes to fill,
to follow your brother's footsteps.
Son, you are making your own mark,
your own footprints .
Your eyes shine with knowledge and wisdom
of an old soul.
Words map your world,
destinations you have yet to conquer.
You follow your vast imagination.
magical secrets of fifth grade,
that you share with me while we
read side by side.
I soak in details of your world.
As a toddler you had imaginary friends,
at school you created real friendships.
Trails of sand from the playground
followed you home.
Tin foil dinosaurs you brought
to life with your words.
Greek mythology and paper airplanes,
monsters in Minecraft.
Giant brown eyes filled with endless compassion.
Dream your big dreams,
embrace the world with both arms.
Lend a hand to someone in need,
listen to your heart.
If storms come your way,
find the sunshine within you.
Struggle will only make you stronger.
Reach for mountain peaks,
live with wonder in your heart,
but most of all find the joy in everything.
Our son Daniel is graduating fifth grade and going into middle school. This is dedicated to him. We are so proud of him. He is bright and kind and amazing. People always tell him that he should follow his brother Josh. As many of you know Josh graduated two weeks ago from medical school. We are proud of both of them and we are amazed by all that Daniel has accomplished so far.
" We love you Daniel and we are so proud of you! "
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