Baby Teacher
By Jennifer Braun 
In memory of Michael Norman Braun 
Our baby was a gift to us and a great teacher.
We learned patience and compassion.
We were given a crash course in values-
Things that once seemed so important
All at once became meaningless.

There was a new depth to our souls, our faith, and our beings-
A learning
A wisdom
An understanding.

We ourselves had touched death-
Death that came wrapped in a little blanket.
This was death to our humanity.
We have also touched life and hope.
A life we will greet in heaven,
And a hope to meet him there soon.
A faith we once practiced, we now live.

We discovered friends and neighbors we never knew.
Stories that resonate throughout generations.
People who taught us empathy and comfort.

We learned how to let go and to go on.
All these things were taught to us by a precious teacher
Who never spoke a word or taught a class
And whose footprints will remain always in our hearts.