My Fondest Childhood Memory, You

The day we met the sun shone brightly,
The swingset chains hot the touch.
Yet you ventured to push the pigtailed girl until her spirit took flight,
Turning her into your biggest ally.

I fell hard for your beautiful disarming smile,
One I’d see you flash many times hence throughout all your academic and athletic victories.
I will never forget that you loved me well,
And that in each other we found all the answers to life’s hard questions.

After all these years I still enjoy your company,
Your counsel,
And your continuous encouragement to challenge myself;
To dream bigger and aim higher.
Everything I did while we were apart brought me closer to you.
Your voice full of pride confirms, to this day, that it was all worth while.

You earned a piece of my heart,
And forever yours it shall remain,
For there are many ways to become soul mates,
And we have found them all in each other.

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