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My Memories of 9/11

Tomorrow is truly a tough day and reminder for many of us who witnessed the atrocities of the attack from wherever they were. I remember being home that morning and watching the events unfold on TV and witnessing the 2nd plane go into the second World Trade Center tower.

My dad was scheduled for kidney stone surgery on the morning of the 11th. One minute it was a regular morning doing research and getting prepared to trade the market, and the next minute our lives were tossed in a state of chaos. I go to make a land-line call and all the lines are busy. My wife is darting out the door to go get my two girls who were in school and I was trying to calmly decide what was actually happening. Living in New York at the time, I feared the attacks were going to keep coming.

Suddenly my cell rings (the last time it would work that day) and it's the hospital telling me to come pick up my dad who I had dropped off at 6:00am. The procedure had been canceled and I needed to go get him. I found what looked like a war zone at the hospital with barricades set up and I spotted my dad in a wheelchair in his hospital robe looking rather confused and scared. I calmed him down and said things were going to be alright. I found myself being the voice of calm, where deep down inside I was as nervous as anyone.

Many thoughts began racing through my head - The trip to Disney we kept promising the kids, the one-on-one dinner with my wife I kept pushing back and all the phone calls to the special people we all tend to forget about, suddenly meant everything to me. I wanted to turn back time and wish the day never happened and I could say I was living life to it's fullest and being the best person I can be. The kids got home, my dad got home and at that point, life for myself as well as many others I'm sure meant so much more. The stupid things I would worry began to be deleted from my mind.

I set my schedule differently these days, even with the magnitude of what is. One day a week, it's all family day. At night I kiss the kids to sleep, tell them about my day, and hear about theirs. I also try to have dinner with them as much as I can. At the end of all we accomplish, we will be remembered not for our financial status, but truly how we treated others and remembering to give without worrying about the consequence of what we will receive.

For myself, Tom, the team, and all our families, we would like to take this time to thank all of our bravest who commit their lives to protecting this country in every way and also to those who have sacrificed their lives so that all of us can live in a country with the liberties that we have. And also, we pray for the lives that were lost and for the families that have suffered.

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