I remember where I was and what I was doing when the plane went into the second Twin Tower. I was in high school, I was devastated. I remember reading the new articles and see the people jumping from the buildings. I sat there, crying, asking my parents why. I had no way to express the complete sadness and loss I felt for the people who lost so many loved ones, so I wrote this poem. Our country was completely changed from that day to this.
Our Lost Loved Ones
Written on September 19, 2001 by Amy Ciani
He was strong, caring, compassionate, and kind;
A hero shining in my eyes.
Dad is no more, for he is dead.
While the flames swallowed up and destroyed
Who once existed, exists no more.
She was loving, kind, understanding, and divine.
Mom was where you could go to find,
A shoulder to cry, and a tear for my tears.
But her shoulder is gone and her tears are now dry.
As I see what remains of the rubble and dust,
I think to myself, “What have they done?”
So she is gone, from that one sunny day,
Where one plane crash was followed by three.
He was my rock, my one true soul.
He kept me warm as the cold winds blew.
But that is of the past and our future is gone,
My love, my life, how could it go wrong?
Goodbye my sweet, for our tomorrow is gone,
I’ll remember our dreams as time goes on.
She was a hellion, a pest, but none-the-less,
My little sister grew to be a success.
She was at the top of her league, the best of the best.
Her dreams are now gone, and the past is the past.
But what right did they have to take her away,
To smother her dream, to render the free?
My brother was born not one minute after me.
We cried simultaneously while being bounced on one knee.
So close we were, we each a half,
I thought like him, he thought like me.
I felt his terror and heard his scream.
I knowing our whole was now not complete,
I felt an emptiness in my soul.
Then he was there in my dreams,
I saw him wave, blow a kiss, and float away.
She was so pure, so young, so sweet.
My daughter, so dear, how could we be beat?
I left her where she would be out of harm’s way.
I saw the crash and knew the fate.
Departed she was and as of late,
She is with the Lord watching over all of the states.
Our families, your friends,
We lost both of them.
My tribute to those as the waiting begins,
Remember where your faith is.
Whether with the rising of the sun or the change in the tides,
My strength, my hope is in just one.
My lord God is my peace.
May you find yours as yours found Him.
I finally broke down and bought my dog booties. I know, I know, it sounds ridiculous until you actually have your dog use them and they are pretty darn great! With all the hiking I do with my dog, Pippie, her paws get pretty beat up and cracked and I have tried a variety of different things, which have helped, but not made a ton of difference. But with the weather changing to be colder and snow not that for into the distance, it was time to take that next step. I did some research and saw that the RuffWear Summit Trek boots seemed to be the best overall option based on the type of actives I do and plan to do with Pippie.
Pippie took the foot wear on a trial run with me on Monday when we went hiking for an hour at a local park. She went up hill and down, running through mud pits and ran around in the creek. Through it all, those little booties stayed on AND in place. Not going to lie, I was pretty shocked. I definitely thought those suckers were going to be a waste of money and I would have to return them.
But much to my happy surprise, they worked just great and as advertised! Don’t you just love when that happens?! She only walked a little funky in those booties for a little bit and then she did just great and didn’t mind them at all. The true test will be when winter hits and we take her snow shoeing with us…I hope we don’t lose any in the snow!