I still meet expectant moms from time to time who share, with trepidation, that their due date is somewhere around today and they’d prefer any other delivery date at all. So I tell them I understand. I tell them it’s my birthday. And then I tell them what my dad said to me on 9/11/02, because they may need these words one day too.

Here’s something I wrote about having a 9/11 birthday living in New York City that I published last year. Each year it gets easier in some ways…and in some ways not so much. I hope you like it.

Maybe it even gives you a little insight into the mind of all the 9/11 birthday revelers in your own life.

And hey, if you do know someone marking a birthday or anniversary today, remember to be extra nice to them. Especially if they live in Florida or the Houston area, Northern California or The Virgin Islands. Even though we’re Virgos — strong resilient stock, you know — they’re experiencing a lot of mixed emotions. And they definitely deserve a huge, honkin’ slice of cake with extra, extra buttercream frosting, if only a virtual one.

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