Wednesday, September 23, 2009

big tex
top ten things i love

10. he watches tv which is just funny (barking at animals on tv, not so much)
9. he believes he controls the backyard
8. he sports a goofy expression (see above)
7. he is sweet to my little dog button
6. he is always enthusiastic (read: he runs from room to room)
5. he has better ideas about how to use a tennis ball than for tennis
4. he is the best gift (david's) i ever gave
3. he is always happy. always.
2. he wags his tail whenever i walk in the room. just for walking in the room.
1. he happily rocks the afro

i am so glad that God created pets. thanks God!

Friday, September 11, 2009

september 11, 2001
i turned on the tv that morning, not something i usually did, because we had been at the broncos game the night before and ed mccaffrey had suffered a horrific career ending broken leg right in front of us. i knew they would replay it on the sports that morning, not something they did in the stadium. but instead of that, i saw a shocking image of a plane fly into the world trade center in new york.

as soon as the news broke that it was an american airlines plane from logan in boston i began frantically trying to reach my brother, a pilot for american who flew that same route out of boston. unable to get through i finally heard from my mom that she had talked to him briefly and he was not flying that day. i knew my relief was some one else's sorrow.

that sorrow built throughout the day as i watched the wtc be struck again and then collapse to the ground, the pentagon be attacked and another plane crashing (averting more deaths through their brave sacrifice) in a pennsylvania pasture. it is still so shocking to remember. so many lives were broken that day, pain that echos still 8 years later. but there were also stories of miracles and heroism that became mixed in with the unbearable tragedy, little places of light in the darkness.

david and i sat at a table overlooking manhattan at the windows on the world restaurant in the world trade center on march 11, 1986 as he asked me to marry him. it was a magical moment of tremendous joy for me and a memory of a place i will always treasure. we love new york. and were heartbroken by the events of 9/11.

today i grieve for the tremendous losses and celebrate too that those little places of light have grown brighter.