Be thankful for what we have

Years ago, while living in Northern New Jersey, I was invited to a New York City talk show. As the day approached, I ended up rescheduling (to the following Tuesday).

In and around this time, me and wifey purchased a new home (fixer upper) in Glen Ridge, NJ. It needed lots of work.

For the fixer upper, I began scheduling trades to acquire quotes. The first trade scheduled was the plumber. The day was set for Tuesday at 9:00am EST, which conflicted with my rescheduled talk show appearance.

It’s now Tuesday morning, September 11th, 2001. The doorbell rings at 8:55am. The plumber arrives a bit early. As he is let into the house, he has this dumbfounded look. He says, “Have you heard?” I said, “No, what’s going on?” He says, “A plane has crashed into the World Trade Center!”

My first thought was this is a terrible accident. After the second plane crashed, I realized something was wrong. My second thought was I could’ve easily been in New York City during this time. In fact, had I decided to attend the talk show, it’s very likely I would’ve been caught underneath the World Trade Center during the plane crashes!

Based on where I lived, the NJ/NYC Path train was the quickest route to New York City. My destination stop would’ve been the World Trade Center arriving between 8:45am – 9:00am!

The first plane crashed into the World Trade Center towers at 8:46am, and the second plane crashed at 9:02am!

Wow! I thank God every day! Had we not purchased a home during this time, it’s highly likely I wouldn’t been caught in the middle of this disaster!

On this day, let’s be grateful for what we do have. Tell your kids you love them, give them a big hug and last but not least, give them a sloppy juicy kiss!

About the author 

Coach Berry

John Berry (a.k.a. Coach Berry) has been a basketball coach and skill development trainer since 1993 and has coached hundreds of games and instructed 1,000’s of kids. Coach Berry is, and always has been committed to helping youth in life and on the basketball court.