Sunday, September 11, 2011

Inner Peace

Be Blissful~~~Be Happy~~~Be Content
Find Serenity~~~Be Calm
Become Enlightened

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My Daddy Ron's 911 story is but a small piece of the puzzle that unfolded that day ten years ago. He worked at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Being off work that particular Tuesday and finishing the mundane grocery shopping, he heard on the car radio the horrendous event. He hurried home to call Jim who was down the shore working with some students. Jim was in disbelief and after some convincing turned on the radio to hear the truth.

Within minutes, a phone call from work explained that we...the university....were going to take in passengers from one of the many planes that had landed at Halifax International Airport. This would mean that we would need the qualified and volunteers to assist on the front lines in helping the large numbers of people from numerous countries.

The next four days were consumed with assisting anyone and everyone who asked for help. This community became very focused on helping with whatever they needed. So many frightened people were put at ease that day as we listened and supported their needs and concerns...a good laugh, a comforting hug, a good meal, directions to the park or city center, anything to relieve the anguish.

Ron thinks about these times occasionally. He has found a place for this experience neatly tucked away and easily accessed for whenever anybody asks or is inquisitive. It is a memory now, that shines albeit tarnished.
Foremost to know that many people were taken care of with kindness and love helps with the overall story that evolved that day.

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29 comments:

  1. I've read a number of articles which detail in glowing terms the wonderful hospitality and care shown by the people of your province on that dreadful day. You should be very proud.

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  2. Wow, Sophie! Please thank your dad for being so helpful to those who were suffering that day. This is a hero's story we don't really hear about here, but we certainly should. Zona has a post up today about all of the canine heroes that shouldn't be forgotten either. Love this post and again, THANKS!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, American

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  3. It was a day we'll all remember in vivid detail. So many people were touched by this tragedy.

    BTW, Sophie. We LOVE that first shot of you--very contemplatively looking off to the distance.

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  4. Maritime hospitality rose to the call that day and in the days which followed, that's for sure.

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  5. Bless your daddy Ron, Sophie. What a beautiful post and gorgeous photos.

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

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  6. That last photo is so lovely - should be framed1

    And what a heart-warming story... we can only wipe out hate and prejudice with love.

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  7. Isn't it amazing how sometimes the worst situations can bring out the best in people? You should be proud that you helped so many people feel safe!

    Bunny and her mom

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  8. Sad memories indeed but an interesting post.

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  9. hey Sophie,

    Sarge sent me. :->

    Beautiful, touching story. I have never heard of this happening. I think the word needs to get out how wonderful, compassionate, caring, and helpful your dad and others were to their fellow citizens. Very emotional. Thank you for sharing!

    Suka

    p.s. Your photos are beautiful!

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  10. Many blessings to you and your dads. Give them a BIG sloppy kiss!

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  11. Wow, Sophie. Your post today gave me goose bumps. I had no idea. Thank you! Oh and BTW, your new header is gorgeous :-)

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  12. Sophie,

    My peeps saw a news show documenting the wonderful, expansive generosity of the people of Nova Scotia....and were very touched. My mom often thinks about this generosity and uses it to better her life and anyone she comes in contact with. It doesn't take much to show people/animals you care.

    Lots of love of this anniversary.
    Violet, Julie and Matt

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  13. What a special Daddy you have Sophie! What a beautiful post. Than you. Lovely to read and gorgeous pics, as always. have a good week. Ros and Oscar

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  14. Awww, that was a really touching story. Please thank your daddy for sharing that with us. He is the first person I know who has had direct contact with the tragedy *hugs*

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  15. Why am I not surprised about the kindness the comes from your family? Sophie, you are one lucky girl to be surrounded by such caring people.

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  16. Your daddies are really good people. But you knew that.

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  17. What a special post. I didn't know about how those events had affected your Province. Thanks to your Dads for helping and comforting so many people.

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  18. I totally forgot about the planes landing in Halifax when they were ordered out of the sky. It's been so interesting reading around the blog-o-sphere how everyone was affected in different ways, by the same tragic event.

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  19. This is such a touching story Sophie!
    love
    tweedles

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  20. We will never forget that day...what we were doing when we heard the news, saw the horror, felt the fear and anger and disbelief. Forever changed, generations will be defending freedom from now on.

    On a lighter note, your header is absolutely stunning! I just love your photos of Sophie. And she is a beautiful subject to photograph.

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  21. Enough sorrow to last us all a lifetime. May the world learn to live in peace.. I pray.

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  22. With all the strife and hatred in the world, we in the US can be very grateful that we have such good neighbors in Canada. I know our countries have their differences, but, in times of trouble, I believe that we can always count on each other. Your story backs that feeling up. Thanks for helping, Ron.

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  23. a day we will never forget...nice post...love your new header

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  24. I'll never forget that day - I was working the 5:45 to 11 shift and Coach Clements called and told me. I went into the weight room and switched the tv's and watched it as it unfolded. The thing I remember the most though, like you mentioned, is helping those British Airway passengers we had staying in the field house. We met some pretty nice people and I'll never forget standing at the front door waving them off as they finally were allowed to leave. So something good, out of something bad.

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  25. Dear Sophie, I just came upon your blog from Two French Bulldogs (supposed to be doing schoolwork but doggy blogs so much more fun)! Two of my closest friends were returning to NYC on Sept. 11th from an anniversary trip to Paris. It was several hours before we heard that their plane had been diverted and that they were welcomed by strangers during that surreal and awful time. Thank you for the reminder of the many kindnesses that day and gratitude for my friends' safe journey.

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  26. Thanks Sarah for your memories re: 911...Hope all's well in your world!

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  27. It's a day that none of us will ever forget Sophie~~

    I was at work - trying to take care of critically ill tiny babies - while trying to cope with this tragedy - wipe my ears - and put on a brave face for parents who were not only in disbelief over this tragedy - but were worried to death about their sick babies. I will remember it always~~

    ps - you look beautiful in these pictures!

    Vicki

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