This is dedicated to my step-daughter, who I wish I knew when she was little.
Long ago on a summer’s day
She was just a little sparkle
Lying on fertile ground.
She should have been tenderly cared for
And watered ‘til full grown.
Instead she was neglected and rejected
Left to fight on her own.
Through long months and many years
She dreamed of someday finding
The family she so longed for.
But as the years flew by
Her dreams all but vanished.
Her hopes of gaining her desires
Were crushed and trampled into the ground.
Then one day a ray of light
Gleamed on her horizon.
The impossible had happened.
Her dream was becoming reality.
Wary and unsure she responded to a call
And suddenly, oh so suddenly
Her world was turned upside-down.
With each day came a new revelation.
The family she had so yearned for
Was rapidly becoming reality.
It happened so quickly
It was almost more than she could take.
Was she ready for this transformation?
Could she leave her anonymity?
Was she actually being given a gift of family?
It appeared that long ago sparkle
Left alone to struggle in this world
Would no longer have to dream of family.
Her questions would now be answered.
Her hopes would now be fulfilled.
So shine, little sparkle
And grow ever brighter.
Bask in the love of family
That you will now encounter.
And never, ever stop dreaming
Because you never know when a dream
Might become reality.
By: Ann Martin
January 4, 2006
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