Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Video of Aimee and Rowan shortly before Aimee's death

I have been holding on to this for a long time, intending to share it with you since shortly after Aimee's death. But for several reasons, I hadn't been able to do it. I think a lot of it has to do with my rambling (I'm the one shooting the video) about the vacation we're on, the house, the pool, etc, etc. It also felt so much more personal than some of the photos, the memories I've shared, and the experiences I've had since. This video belonged in almost another world, a world in which Aimee was still alive and our family was still intact.

But the focus of the video, primarily, is Aimee and Rowan playing in the pool. It's a wonderful few moments between a mommy and her little girl, one of the last such moments they'd have.

So what changed? Well, a few things. First, today is September 11, 2013, twelve years since 9/11. I've seen a lot of moving articles and tributes dealing with the needless deaths of so many people, and I couldn't help but think of the needless death of Aimee. Additionally, a number of friends or friends of friends have been battling cancer, and some have already lost their fight. Let's just say, there's been a lot of death lately, and so it's been more on my mind than normal. So while I'm not sure exactly why, the time felt right to share this more intimate and personal look into our last days as a family in a moment shared with Aimee, Rowan, and myself.


  1. That's a precious video. I'm sure it will mean a lot to Rowan as she gets older.

  2. Absolutely true Larry. Precious in so many ways. (and value added by the guy rambling behind the camera ;-)

  3. How beautiful, Pat. Thanks for sharing. I didn't know about Aimee. My heart goes out to both you and Rowan. She will undoubtedly hold this little video dear in the coming years. Much love.

  4. What a special video, Pat. Thanks for sharing it here. I couldn't hold back the tears as my mind wandered to the videos I have on my own phone of Joe with Domani. These will be increasingly precious to our children as they grow. Peace with you both.