the accumulation of
wise, loyal, dedicated,
who act as my newfound family
sans the baggage.
In growing closer to such wise souls,
I've been able to learn from them:
patience (still working on that one),
& the expectation of good.
I've learned to measure my growth
by virtue of the folks who are drawn to me.
It wasn't until
I saw a little of what other people saw in me
that I was sure
the future would be far brighter
than anything I could have imagined.
I am beyond grateful
to live in this time with these people...
I love them beyond all measure...