We're taking a coffee break today.
When I got off the subway on Monday en route to the Wall Street area I realized I was very close to the 9/11 Memorial. I hadn't been there since it opened and decided to sidetrack from my schedule.
This was my view when I exited the subway station, looking north.
The Memorial and Museum are built on the site where the Towers stood. I had a very disorienting few minutes when I first got here. I had a lot of trouble remembering where the buildings stood and what the Plaza looked like before September 11. I worked about six blocks south of here in 2001 and walked to the Trade Center often to take the train home from or shop in the Concourse below the Trade Center.
One small section of the Memorial and a dozen lives remembered. It looks very somber -- and it is -- but my photograph doesn't clearly show the water on the inside of the Memorial, which gave me a sense of eternity.
This is the area from a different view, with St. Paul's Chapel on the right.
After these sights I thought it was time to take a few minutes to reflect and remember. Yes, there's so little time and so much coffee, but there are days when we take a coffee break.