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9/11 A Day I’ll Never Forget and a Day For Refreshing

Seventeen years ago today around 8:30 am I was on my way to a business meeting in New York City.

The address of that meeting was 1 World Trade Center Plaza. I was to be on the 108th floor which was where the offices of Cantor & Fitgerald were.

My appointment was for 9:00 am and I was meeting two very dear friends up from the Cayman Islands to help conclude the sale of my bond business. That meeting never happened. I was stuck in traffic behind a major accident on Route 95 coming into NYC.

You know the rest!

Refreshing my brain today was of utmost importance for me to get started and through the day. It took a while for it to work, but finally, some classical music did the trick.

I was refreshing my brain not only because I needed to get through the day, but I was scheduled to work with my Granddaughter Peyton who I homeschool. She’s in the second grade and I’ve been her teacher since kindergarten. It’s my favorite thing to do right now besides being with Patti (my wife).

Once my brain was refreshed I was off to my teaching gig. To be honest it was what I needed today to really make it a special day. I had to do some writing work with Peyton so we decided to write about some of what happened on that day in New York City.

I began to tell Peyton about the events and who and how it all happened. I even included my story about having to be there, but an accident caused me to miss my meeting. I explained that if someone wasn’t watching over me I may have made it to that meeting and I wouldn’t be here for her.

After a few minutes of thinking about what I told her she looked up at me and said, “I’m glad you didn’t go to your meeting Papa.” From the mouth of babes, right?

It haunts me to this day what happened and how I lost two very dear friends in a flash, and I finally recently got over feeling guilty about not being there. Instead, I thank the man upstairs for watching over me that day and every day. I may be a lapsed Catholic, but I know when someone is watching over me no matter how bad I’ve been or am now.

I know this post was a mish-mash of thoughts, happenings, and memories, but I hope it helped you to gain some idea of why I feel refreshing your brain can be an important part of your day. Homeschooling your grandkids works very well also.

Mark