This post appeared on our blog on September 11, 2016. We reread it yesterday, hoping to find the right words to share with you the day after this year's anniversary. But we realized the right words were already here. We hope you don't mind us republishing Katie and Waffles' conversation about the day our hearts stood still.
WAFFLES: What are you thinking about, Boss?
KATIE: I'm just thinking about how lucky we are, Waffles.
WAFFLES: Really? Did we win a prize or something?
KATIE: You could say that.
WAFFLES: Did it come in a nice box? You know, that I can fit in?
KATIE: No Waffles, what we have doesn't come in a box.
KATIE: Waffles, the things that really matter don't come in boxes. Things like friends, family, freedom. Most of all, love.
WAFFLES: I love YOU, Boss. And Glogirly and Gloman and chicken. Oh, and wand toys! Definitely wand toys.
KATIE: Waffles, long before you were born, even before I was born, our country suffered a terrible tragedy. Lots of people, animals too, lost their loved ones. Nearly 3.000 people died. And all because of things like intolerance and hatred.
WAFFLES: Intoler-what? I don't know what those words mean, Boss.
KATIE: That's ok, Waffles. I hope you never do.
In honor of those who lost their lives, and those who live with that loss.