Remembering the best day I ever had

My brother died on 9/11, but Sept. 10 stands out because I don't remember it at all

Updated: September 10, 2011, 11:15 PM ET
By Shaun Powell | ESPNNewYork.com

My daughter Victoria awakened early that Tuesday morning and put on a rose dress, the color of her mood. She was eager and also nervous, because it was her first day of pre-kindergarten, Christmas in September for a 3-year-old. Let's go, daddy, she said. Can't be late. She took me by the thumb, dragged me out of the house, pulled me into the gorgeous and, as it turned out, deceitful sunshine that kissed us on the doorstep.

The school was less than a quarter-mile from our New Jersey home. ...

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