Does anyone remember Nancy Sinatra singing about boots? She’d sing “these boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do, and one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you”. She’d bop around in her white go-go boots and sing that song. It was a catchy song and a big hit for her. I remember thinking that it sounded like a really mean song. The song was about empowerment as a result of bitterness over some negative events in her life. (well, at least the character she represented’s life).
Today is 9/11. Ever since that fateful day, I have felt very grateful to our first responders. During that tragic day, our first responders rushed to try to save lives, with no thought for their own safety or survival. It made me sob to see them running into the buildings to try to save people while people were running out of the buildings. It was then that I realized how much I had taken them all for granted my entire life. I have consciously made the effort to thank them all regularly ever since. How can I not? Today my heart and mind is with the families whose lives were forever directly changed on 9/11/2001. The boots of those who died or were injured left footprints in the hearts and lives of the survivors. To them I say, we pray for you; we remember. The photo below touched my heart today when I saw it posted on FaceBook by my brother-in-law, Bill. The cartoonist is a friend and former colleague of my future sister-in-law Erin. His name is Walt Handelsman. I believe it is a much better touchstone for boots.