Sep. 19, 2014

Lil More About Myself... (Originally posted 6/30/14)

I have been sharing my thots - but here's a bit more about me. I've mentioned Beamer several times. He's going to be 13 on 9/11/14 - coincidence? NOT!!! He became my 40th b-day present, 2 days after, on October 15, 2001. He was between 4 & 6 weeks old, & had been abandoned in a box at an apartment complex in Akron, OH. My ex-roommate's friend found him & contacted her here in East Palestine, OH & she met her 1/2 way between & took him to a vet en-route, & stopped to see me at the convenient store where I was working. He was 2.2# - ALL I WANTED was a "puppy breath" kiss!!! Here we are, nearly 13 years later - puppy breath LONG gone. Have you caught on to his birthday & his name, yet??! He is how I dealt with 9/11/01. I found out, after naming him, that Todd Beamer's (the guy on Flight 93 that said, "Let's Roll") parents graduated from the same school I did (Sebring McKinley H.S.). I had the honor of meeting them in 2004 at an alumni banquet & gave them a pic of Beamer, & sent one for Todd's wife, Lisa (who is on my list of people I've yet to meet before I die). For every birthday & Christmas for the last 13 years, I've received some type of 9/11 Memorabilia. I also wrote a song called "Let's Roll..." & my friend recorded me singing it at the Crash Site, on video. For several years now, that video has been played at a Juvenile Attention Center 9/11 Memorial Service; & if I'm able, I attend with my 9/11 Memorabilia. Last year was the first year I felt "on" with my presentation. I just want people to know, the Heroes from Flight 93, & EVERYONE in the planes, the WTC Toweres, & the Pentagon were people just going about their day. 9/11/01 is also when I started my tag - "have a good day & be safe...". Sometimes, that's all we can do...I tell all my customers that, & just about everyone else, really...