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TODAY's Takeaway: 9/11 hero remembers, jackpot couple chat 

Sep. 11, 2013 at 3:01 PM ET

What you missed TODAY: Firefighter mourns and celebrates on 9/11, "jackpot" couple talks viral video and Jenna adjusts to motherhood.
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What you missed TODAY: Firefighter mourns and celebrates on 9/11, "jackpot" couple discuss viral video and Jenna adjusts to motherhood.

1. For New York City firefighter John Morabito, 9/11 is a day to mourn — and to celebrate life. He sat down with Matt and Savannah in an emotional interview to talk about what the day means to him 12 years later.

“It’s an opportunity to rejoice. To be able to be here,” he said. “Everyday things. You get a parking ticket. Babies are crying. Hurricane Sandy. I get to experience it.”

Video: New York City firefighter John Morabito was on duty when the attacks of Sept. 11 on the World Trade Center took place 12 years ago. He tells the TODAY anchors how the day still affects him and how he regards his own survival while remembering those who died that day.

To commemorate the anniversary, Willie visited ground zero, offering viewers an inside look at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Video: TODAY’s Willie Geist showcases the progress being made at ground zero in lower Manhattan to honor those killed 12 years ago Wednesday.

2. Feminists, look the other way for just a sec. Sara Horn stopped by the Fourth Hour to talk to Kathie Lee and Hoda about how she devoted a year of her life to being a “submissive wife.”

It’s not what you think, she argued. Being Biblically submissive didn’t mean being a doormat; it meant becoming more selfless.

Video: Sara Horn wrote a book titled “My So-Called Life as a Submissive Wife” chronicling the year she let her husband be the leader of their household. She tells Kathie Lee and Hoda that being Biblically submissive doesn’t mean being a doormat; it means becoming more selfless.

3. “I hit the jackpot!” Jason Mortensen, the adorable, drugged-out man who didn’t recognize his wife after a surgery last month, joked about the video that’s gone viral.

“Thank goodness she had the sense of mind to pull out the camera this time,” he told Matt and Savannah.

Video: Jason Mortensen made wives across the country swoon with the endearing comments he made to his own wife when he was waking up from surgery, which she captured on video. He tells TODAY that he doesn’t remember the incident at all, and that this wasn’t his first encounter with anesthesia.

4. Rosalind Wiseman, the author of “Queen Bees and Wannabes,” the book that inspired “Mean Girls,” is out with a new book — this time about boys.

“The problem is we think everything is so simple with boys because they don’t tell us what’s going on,” she told Matt. “But underneath that is a huge amount of problems, complexities, feelings that they need to be able to get out.”

Video: Rosalind Wiseman is the author of “Queen Bees and Wannabes,” the basis of the hit movie “Mean Girls.” She tells TODAY’s Matt Lauer that her new book, “Masterminds and Wingmen,” reveals that boys have as much baggage from their school days and face as many problems growing up as girls do.

5. Jenna Wolfe is settling into motherhood with fascination and surprise. And while wonder of 3-week-old Harper continues to grow, Jenna wonders where the instruction manual is. She writes:

“We had to YouTube swaddling (she looks like Challah bread when it's done right) and breastfeeding (um... I didn't know these could grow this big!)...” Do you have advice for the new mom?

Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk with their daughter, Harper Estelle Wolfeld Gosk.
Jenna Wolfe
Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk with their daughter, Harper Estelle Wolfeld Gosk.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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