Max is 10!

Max is turning 10 years old this week. We can’t believe it! Where has the time gone?!

Max was just 3 days old when 9/11 happened. That morning, I was standing in front of the TV with my mom, still healing from a c-section, watching with my mouth agape as our country changed forever. I remember thinking we were under attack, and wanting to go pick up the older kids from school. I then remember crying off and on for days afterward, not from post partum depression, but from watching horrific stories on TV of desperate family members searching for their missing loved ones. So, whenever Max’s birthday rolls around, I reflect back on 9/11 and I can still remember the feelings of that time like they were boiling inside me just yesterday. Richard was supposed to be in New York City, in a meeting at the bottom of one of the towers, on that very day. But, he’d canceled the meeting because it was too close to Max’s due date.

Fast forward 10 years and we are celebrating Max’s special day by taking him shark fishing. That’s what he wants to do for his birthday. He just wants to catch a shark. He’s so easy to please. I mean…how hard can it be, right? We tried to do it the cheap way first. We bought new, thick line for our fishing poles, re-rigged them all with metal leaders, and bought mullet, squid and shrimp. We tried two different piers…and caught one hardhead. That’s it.

So, I bit the mullet, I mean bullet, and called a local captain. He’s giving us a big discount because it’s his off-season. He said the sharks aren’t very big in the harbor right now (Max is fine with small ones) and he expects the ones remaining will all leave for the Fall with the next full moon. So, we’re heading out for a shark fishing adventure on Friday. I’ll let you know how it goes. We’re very excited!!

This week’s Masonism:
“I wish I was a railroad tie.”

Hugs to all,



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