My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Remembering. Running. Reflecting.

Remembering. 9/11. As each of you, I recall vividly the morning ten years ago. For the next several days, my heart wept for all those who were grieving. I didn't want to leave my family, but we all left for work and school. My colleague and I rode in to the Moran Eye Center to work almost speechless. I longed to be home simply surrounded by my family. I attended a class that afternoon - not sure if it would be held. It was and a life changing class.   I recall my professor, through his tears,  telling our group of professional counselors to go out and make a difference. Touch someone's lives for good.  That day my specialty became clear - grief and loss therapist.  As I watched the Tom Brokaw special last evening, my heart wept for all who were impacted on such a personal level.  Amongst all the heartbreak, messages of profound love - our relationships in life is what really matters. 

This morning as I was watering the flowers - Cricket and I had a nose to nose opportunity. Sometimes it hits me so profoundly how this sweet dog is blessing my life. Perhaps part of the sweetness is I think she doesn't even realize its just who she is. Love her.

Yesterday my friend and I ran a 5K -- Remembering Trudi, who was hit on this route 4 1/2 years ago.  I reflected on her life and grateful for the influence that she has had on mine.   Once again I was touched by a friend's willingness to be my eyes and give me the chance to run.  Lisa was an amazing guide runner.  First time and I hope there are more times! THANK YOU, Lisa!      

This 9/11 I am grateful that we will be around much family and will pause to reflect and tell them each how much I love and appreciate them.  Also, we will miss Natalie and Adam that won't be with us on this day.

Grateful also for an awesome dentist that fixed my tooth.  As I left, he smiled and told me to watch out for  large statues!


Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Great to be with family ... remembering the tragic 9/11 events. We have a book review in honor of 9/11: Thunder Dog (not sure if you are familiar with the book, Michael and his guide dog). Check it out! Lots of Golden LOVE n Woofs, Sugar

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

I'm glad you found a friend to run with you! And I hope your poor tooth is okay. Looking forward to seeing you next week!

Becky said...

Sugar - yes, such an amazing book.
Mimi - so excited to see you next week!