While many of us carry on year after year, remembering the attacks yet going about our lives, I feel for the countless people who lost loved ones on that tragic day. Almost all of us knew someone, even if it was the family member or friend of a friend – our lives connected with another who was impacted, their world changed forever. All of our lives changed forever.
This is in honor of the pets who fill the voids humans unintentionally leave. The pets who exceed our expectations with attention, comfort, and loyalty. The pets who we sometimes, yet hopefully not too often (if at all), take for granted.
The blind trust an animal places in us. The unconditional love that they give to us. Being an animal with their four paws, wagging tail and playful nature is what brings us an endless supply of joy.
As Pearl Harbor Day rolls onto the calendar, I’m reminded of the great sacrifices the men and women of our country made on that day – and many days to follow.
After a dinner break with family this evening, I had to get back to work. The reality is I spend 12-14 hours each day working and that is not a complaint – it is a choice and something I love to do. I’m sure to schedule breaks for a stretch, some fetch time with my fur-baby and the such, but tonight I was reminded of something.
But I do know that I, too, would rather die with my dog than leave her behind. She is a part of our family and we love her as much as we do each other.
A tribute to Little Viv on her first birthday, January 19, 2021.
As I watch the replay of live news broadcasts from the tragic morning of 9/11, I reflect upon the number of lives stopped short that day.
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