Eleven years later

I’ll never forget where I was when the tragedy of of the 9/11 attacks unfolded. I’d just started working at the place I still work now and it was a regular day at the office. I was on the phone taking calls and our TVs were turned to the news. I remember seeing some of our support staff running around one moment and then stopping to stare at the TV the next moment. I took a break to see what all of the commotion was about. We all watched as the first plane hit the South tower of the World Trade Center and then the 2nd plane hitting the North. It was unbelieveable. I was 11 years younger so I’m sure the impact didn’t hit me just then. I’m the kind of person who has to let things sink in to feel the full effect of them. Over the years I’ve watched many documentaries on the 9/11 attacks and even did that this weekend to reflect on the anniversary.
For those of you who’ve read my NYC trip posts, you know that hubs and I had the opportunity to visit the 9/11 memorial while we were there which was an experience. The security was tight and reserving a time slot was unexpected, but once we were there, we had time to reflect on the memorial and think about the upcoming 11th anniversary of that terrible day.
A beautiful day over the memorial grounds
the new towers under construction
fountains were created out of the 2 areas where the towers once stood
The names of those lost adorn the memorial in order of those lost and in groups: first responders, those in the direct vicinity of the towers, those on each flight, and so on.
The 9/11 Memorial began being constructed in 2006 [opening September 11, 2011] and was designed by an architect and a landscape architect whose design was selected from a global design competition that included entries from 63 nations. When you take a look at the overall layout of the grounds, you learn that there is a Survivor tree that was discovered amongst the rubble of Ground Zero and came back to life when given TLC by those working there. Also, the trees have significance as they were chosen to represent those lost from the areas affected. The fountains themselves are another part  of the sustainable design and help to dround out the sounds of the [usually always] bustling city around the memorial.
Walking around the memorial makes you think about all you have in life and how quickly that can be lost. I felt like I was being reminded to never take anything in life for granted and to always be thankful for the many blessings that God has granted me. Hubby and I sat down at one of the benches on the grounds for a bit to just sit and remember for a bit. I’d told him the story, of course, before of why I ended up with this lil booger:
Mom, who let the dogs out?!
I’d gotten Jaeden 11 years ago from a local pet store when I was on the hunt for a Pug. I’d always wanted one and had saved up enough money to afford the little, expensive, things. I saw Jaeden and immediately fell in love with him. I played with him for a good 30 minutes and knew I had to go home with him.
So cute! and yes…

he has a baby book 😉
Another reason I’d wanted to bring Jaeden home was because he was born on September 1, 2001. (He was 2 months old when I got him.) As sad as that day was, this little, adorably cute little angel came into the world on the same day. Each year when it’s his birthday and I see television highlighting the 9/11 tragedy I know that he’s an angel who came out of that dark day. As much as our country continues to mourn those lost, we continue to build up as a stronger nation too. Out of the dark can come light.

.. and never forget

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    September 10, 2012, 10:54 pm

    My kitties are 15 tomorrow, they were born 9/11!

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    September 11, 2012, 12:45 pm

    What a beautiful tribute! Thank u for sharing!!

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    September 11, 2012, 12:59 pm

    Aw pretty post Kiki. You know I love me some Jaeden. Rooo roooo rooooo

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    September 11, 2012, 1:05 pm

    Thanks Jenna & Bethie! Jaeden’s such a happy birthday boy today! 🙂

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    September 11, 2012, 1:59 pm

    What an awesome post! I loved all the pics from the memorial…I’ve never been to NYC so it was great to see these. Thanks for sharing! And Jaeden is absolutely adorable!!!

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    September 11, 2012, 6:41 pm

    Great post Kat. It is interesting because I was just taking a break from my own post about Sept 11. I also grew up with pugs and loved them very much. My parents have two pugs they rescued and I cherish every moment when I am at home with them.

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      September 11, 2012, 7:03 pm

      Pugs are the best!I just hope that Jaeden is the immortal pug 😉

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