Thursday, September 11, 2014

This is exactly where I'm meant to be at this very moment

The head of a company survived 9/11 because
his son started kindergarten.
Another fellow was alive because it was
his turn to bring donuts.
One woman was late because her
alarm clock didn't go off in time.

One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike
because of an auto accident.
One of them
missed his bus.
One spilled food on her clothes and had to take
time to change.
car wouldn't start.
One couldn't
get a taxi.
The one that struck me was the man
who put on a new pair of shoes that morning,
took the various means to get to work but before
he got there, he developed a blister on his foot.
He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid.
That is why he is alive today.
Now when I am
stuck in traffic,
miss an elevator,
turn back to answer a ringing telephone…

All of the little things that annoy me,
I think to myself,

This is exactly where
I am meant to be
At this very moment



CAL said...


You blog has become one of my favorites and normally I love, love, love your posts but this is incredibly insensitive. Instead of expressing sorrow or solidarity for your peers who lost parents, family, friends, and those who passed away on this awful day 13 years ago, you are smugly grateful that others survived. If some survived that day because it was "meant to be," then you are implying that other people dying was "meant to be." What an idiotic and naive thing to think, much more so to post all over the internet in the faces of people who grieve so widely today and every day. Consider yourself lucky for never having experienced a tragedy so close to home that you honestly think some things are "meant to be."

Gramspearls said...

Your comments bring to mind the man who missed BOTH the Malasyian Air flights that crashed, for different, unintentional reasons. I always wonder of people like that have some extra sense of things that they aren't aware they posess that or it's just as you said.....not meant to be.

Good post.

Warmly, Kathleen

Anonymous said...

I have been following you for years and almost never comment. You are a daily read and it is so wonderful to see you dedicate a post to this day in history each year as so many other bloggers breeze by it.

Summer Wind said...

CAL- I really appreciate your kind words about my blog! I also appreciate you providing your feedback in regards to today's post. I am so sorry you found it insensitive as that was not my intentions at all. I found this blurb floating around Tumblr and thought it would be great to share. I can understand your point of view, but want you to know that that was not the way I interpreted it at all. I did not mean to offend you or anyone else. You can read some of my past posts to see that my intentions were not to upset anyone at all:

I write Summer Wind to provide a happy space for everyone to come and read and I am so sorry that that has not been your experience today. I can only hope you will continue to read!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to see you get a negative comment like this on your post today. Like the other anonymous poster, I rarely comment but felt the need to commend you on your great post and also commend you on the way you responded to the negative comment. You handled it with grace and respect and as a mother myself, I can only hope my daughter would handle a situation like this in the same way. -Anne

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your attempt to smooth this over with your readers, Sydney. I read your blog each day and find it fun and fresh. You remind of my myself in my twenties. But as someone who was one of the "lucky" ones on 9-11-01, who did survive that day, as a lifelong New Yorker and a public servant, I find is incredibly naive and insensitive as well. You obviously were not affected by today's events as so many of us were. I understand that you were attmepting social commentary but frankly, it is evident that you have no concept of what it was like to have lived through that time. It is thirteen years ago and I can still feel and smell the day. In fact, I took off my Jimmy Choo's to run a half mile to miss falling debris from the aftermath. I'd advise you to stay away from social commentary. I read your blog as I too love classic fashion and lifestyle pieces but today's post leads me to understand that you are far too naive to have this responsibility.

Summer Wind said...

Anonymous, I also really appreciate your feedback and kind words about my blog as well as your readership.

As a blogger, I have learned to have some very tough skin, but I can't hide the fact that your comment stung a bit.

I am so sorry to hear what you have gone through. My aunt was in the World Trade Center that day and thankfully, she is safe and with us to this day. I vividly remember my dad frantically trying to get in touch with both my aunt and uncle who were both in the city that day and how horrified I was as a young 6th grader (11 years old) being so worried about members of my family. I am truly sorry that you find my post naive and insensitive. Often, I choose to keep large parts of my life off of the internet and what you see on Summer Wind are just the bits and pieces of my day-to-day life, so, I feel as though to say that I have no concept is a bit unfair (but hey, life's not fair, right?). I think as an American, every single person in this country was affected that day, some a lot more than others. Thank you again for your feedback, I appreciate it and am always trying to improve Summer Wind. As I said to the other commenter, I can only hope you will continue to read!

Anonymous said...

I have never commented on a blog post before, but the comments on this post have made me want to write to you.
I am a born and raised New Yorker and I did not find your post insensitive in the least. I read several blogs daily and I find yours to be the most down to earth and refreshing of them all. Not a single other blog that I read posted about today, and I think that is what is insensitive. I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your blog and think you are wise beyond your years. Fondly, Rebecca

Cayte Brown said...

Great way to put it Sydney. So love following your blog! You are doing big things up there in Pittsburgh lady!!

Anonymous said...

Your insensitivity is unbelievable. Considering you almost lost a relative makes it worse. I enjoy your blog, for the most part, as do some of my co workers. I think you are trying too hard to be like Carly. Stick to teaching us all how to blow dry our hair to get hair as great as yours.

It is a very sad day today. You could have posted a warmer message.

Anonymous said...

Don't let anyone dull your sparkle! xox

Anonymous said...

We all have opinions and apparently some loved your post and some strongly disliked it. The one thing that stuck out in my mind with all of the responses so far, is that someone was superficial enough to mention that she "took off her Jimmy Choo's". I guess just merely stating she had to run to dodge debris was not expressive enough. It is indeed a sad day in history for all Americans, even those that can not afford, or simply refuse to pay the designer prices for shoes.

Summer Wind said...

Anonymous, I am sorry you are upset with my post today.

I actually know Carly IRL so I would consider that a big compliment :)

I 100% agree with you that today is a very sad day, and I am sorry if this post made it seem that I feel otherwise. I have been writing Summer Wind for over 5 years (since 2009) and I have posted every single year about this day. I wrote about my entire experience here:

If you care to read, you may find it to be more of a warmer message. I'm sorry today's post struck the wrong chord with you and I appreciate you reading and hope you will continue to read. I promise more hair posts in the future ;).

Anonymous said...

Sydney, I read your posts from past years and I have to say I am impressed. You have always impressed me with your maturity. At just 24, your words are eloquent and it seems as though you handle everything with class. There will always be differing opinions and that's life, but I think today is not the day to make negative comments, name call or point fingers, no matter your opinion, and stand together as a nation united. Keep impressing, Sydney!

Anonymous said...

I normally don't comment on blog posts but seeing some of the comments posted today I felt the urge to chime in.I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post today. I have seen this poem before and think it is a great reminder to be thankful for the little things because even though they seem annoying and menial at the time, God has us where we are supposed to be. You posting this in no way undermines the fact that what happened that day was a tragedy but further brings light to the issue which is something that most young people don't do often enough. I am so glad you choose to post about 9/11 every year.-Allison

Anonymous said...

You are a true role model. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise.

Lizzie said...

I'm shocked by some of the negative comments. It's been bothering me and I decided to post. It's pretty upsetting that people took the time out of their day, THIS day, to spread negativity. I think it's pretty obvious that Sydney was trying to be sensitive, not you really think someone would purposely post something that could be perceived as insensitive? I'm pretty sure the sentiment of her post was more, "life is fleeting and scary and can be taken at any moment, appreciate the life you have, it was completely an insensible act, etc." Gosh I'm just really shaking my head right now.

Bethany said...

As a mother, I have to chime in here. I'm with Lizzie: I am SHOCKED with the negativity. Isn't it a bit insensitive to say hurtful things and not realize that Sydney has feelings, too? Calling someone insensitive, naive and saying that she has no place to make social commentary is downright hurtful. Would anyone ever want to be told that? I would also assume that we are all grown women here... I teach my children every day not to be rude to people and that is exactly what is going on here. I have been reading for years now and I can clearly see that Sydney is a true class act and would never be intentionally insensitive towards anything or anyone. I actually got my daughter to read here because I hope that she will be as well poised as Sydney one day. Sydney, I hope you keep up the great work and your GREAT blog! -Bethany

miss andrea lee said...

A family friend of ours (who worked in one of the towers) stayed home an extra 10 minutes that morning to make his son a sandwich for lunch. If he had been to work on time it would have turned out differently for his family. I think about this often, and am reminded not to be angry or annoyed if I am suddenly running a little later than expected or making an unplanned stop.

Hope you have a great rest of your week.

Anonymous said...

I am of the opinion that everything that happens was meant to be. Does that make me insensitive? I don't think so. When people die, I believe that it was meant to be and nothing they could have done would have made it otherwise. Those of you who think differently are the naive ones.
Great post!

Anonymous said...

Im sorry that people have been so harsh with the comments today! I was in the same place you were as a 6th grader except for my uncle lost his life that day. I do have to say that when I read your post I felt a bit of sadness, and felt a lack of understanding for the way I feel. I feel this same way every year when things are posted though. Some things in life are not understood until the tragedy affects you personally.

I did however like the thought provoked in the post and the overall message and intent which was not to be insensitive to your readers.

Anonymous said...

These people need to read all of your other well written memorable posts about 9/11. Also having your family member safe and alive today just further proves your post that people are exactly where they need to be. I find it no way insensitive and think that it is a great way to look at an awful tragedy and bring light to a sad time. You are no way forgetting all of the lives lost. You are still remembering. Good job Sydney.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your thought-provoking remembrance of this critical day in American history. -KLV in PHL

linda said...

Dissenting opinions perfectly and respectfully handled- you are truly a gem.
-Linda, NY

Anonymous said...

I have always been a loyal reader and the way you have handled the negative comments on this post has made me admire you even more.

aBl said...

You were one of the first blogs I started reading years ago and when I was catching up on your posts tonight and saw these negative comments, I was truly shocked. I know I have never met you, however, you come across as a genuinely kind and goodhearted person. You live a fabulous life, yet you are not gaudily showing it off like a lot of other bloggers these days. It's almost as if I feel proud of you for the way you handled your negative comments. You handled them with true class and for me, this has only magnified how wonderful of a person you are. Anyone who tries to call you insensitive or naive is a hypocrite! Wishing you nothing but the best. xoxo


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