Heartbreak in Boston

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    Heartbreak in Boston

    Heartbreak Hill has always been considered the most difficult part of the Boston Marathon..but yesterday..runners and spectators alike were faced with a different kind of heartbreak..one so much harder to overcome.

    Yesterday's tragic events no doubt changed the course of many lives yesterday..ended some tragically and forever changed families, friends and the City of Boston. The evil that descended upon the city is simply unspeakable and I hope the person(s) responsible are quickly identified and that justice is swift and severe.

    In times like this it seem that there are no words that are sufficient to comfort victims and each other. Yes, the same old platitudes are spoken...but really...what words are sufficient for the Richard family..the family who lost their 8 year  old son Martin. Added to that his mother suffered a grave brain injury and his little sister lost her leg. How does one begin to help them heal? How does one begin to express in words something..anything..to make things right again? How does one stop feeling so damn helpless in the face of such unspeakable evil?

    The answer to that question may not lie in what we say...but rather what we do. It may not lie in trying to understand the evil in the act that changed so many lives..but rather in how we as a community respond to it. In times such as this it is more important than ever for the American spirit of kindness and compassion to prosper. It is more important that we show our strength as a community by coming together rather than being divided. In Boston the response has been amazing. People rushed to each other's aid and Bostonians and beyond were offering their homes up to perfect strangers who were displaced by the bombing. This is how I want people to think of Boston...not as the site of unspeakable evil..but as a community willing to come together and take care of strangers like friends.

    It is easy to be a decent person in the good times..easy to be easy so to speak..but a person and a community is really defined by how they face and react to the tough times. I believe it is on the darkest days that the "rainy day person" in us comes out to bring light.

    God bless all the victims, their families, the spectators , the runners and all the people who ran towards the blast to help those most in need. God bless Boston and most importantly...God Bless America.

     
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    I wish you posted this where it would get more viewing. I knew you would be the one to put yesterdays tragedy in the right light and wording. Thank you.

    I am still sick to my stomach about yesterday. We have made the trip to Boston to  cheer on the runners so many times. I've had friends that have run, my sister has run it, relatives and neighbors have run it.  There is always such a positve energy in the city on marathon Monday.

    I looked back to last years photos where my sister and I and our kids had gone to watch, my stomach sank when I looked where we stood. We were in the exact location of the explosion. She had her three young ones with her that day.I feel notious even typing those words.

    I can not even imagine what that young mom and dad from Dorchester are feeling today. An unimaginable grief. I only hope they can feel the love from the city and world that is wrapping around them right now and will stand by them in the future.

    I've walked up and down that area of Boylston St so many times. Everytime it was a great memory. I was thrilled when my son decided to go to school in the city, since he learned the area quickly from all of our trips into Boston. I always felt safe with him being there, I worried more of my daughters interest to go to NYC for college. Now it seems as if that is reversed. As a mom I worry.  But as a citizen of the USA, I know when fear takes over the terrorists win and they can not win.

    Prayers to all the victims and their families.

     

     
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    Thank you Ms....I am glad to hear you and yours are safe...it makes me sick to my stomach too. My friend who was there must have called me a dozen times today..came to my office to talk. She is in rough shape..and she is one of the lucky ones. Incredibly sad day for Boston..but we can't let incidents like this define who we are as a society. We just can't.

     

    And..you are right. When fear takes over..the terrorist wins. When we turn on each other..the terrorist wins.

     
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    Thank you for the lovely post miscricket. Although I pretty much disagree with all of your politics you've proven yet again that you are a talented and thoughtful writer. Let the healing, such as it is, begin with the kind of sentiments expressed by you and ms_obstinate.

     

     
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    Heartbreak Hill has always been considered the most difficult part of the Boston Marathon..but yesterday..runners and spectators alike were faced with a different kind of heartbreak..one so much harder to overcome.

    Yesterday's tragic events no doubt changed the course of many lives yesterday..ended some tragically and forever changed families, friends and the City of Boston. The evil that descended upon the city is simply unspeakable and I hope the person(s) responsible are quickly identified and that justice is swift and severe.

    In times like this it seem that there are no words that are sufficient to comfort victims and each other. Yes, the same old platitudes are spoken...but really...what words are sufficient for the Richard family..the family who lost their 8 year  old son Martin. Added to that his mother suffered a grave brain injury and his little sister lost her leg. How does one begin to help them heal? How does one begin to express in words something..anything..to make things right again? How does one stop feeling so damn helpless in the face of such unspeakable evil?

    The answer to that question may not lie in what we say...but rather what we do. It may not lie in trying to understand the evil in the act that changed so many lives..but rather in how we as a community respond to it. In times such as this it is more important than ever for the American spirit of kindness and compassion to prosper. It is more important that we show our strength as a community by coming together rather than being divided. In Boston the response has been amazing. People rushed to each other's aid and Bostonians and beyond were offering their homes up to perfect strangers who were displaced by the bombing. This is how I want people to think of Boston...not as the site of unspeakable evil..but as a community willing to come together and take care of strangers like friends.

    It is easy to be a decent person in the good times..easy to be easy so to speak..but a person and a community is really defined by how they face and react to the tough times. I believe it is on the darkest days that the "rainy day person" in us comes out to bring light.

    God bless all the victims, their families, the spectators , the runners and all the people who ran towards the blast to help those most in need. God bless Boston and most importantly...God Bless America.




    That was very touching ....... 0:) !

     
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    In response to StalkingButler's comment:

    Thank you for the lovely post miscricket. Although I pretty much disagree with all of your politics you've proven yet again that you are a talented and thoughtful writer. Let the healing, such as it is, begin with the kind of sentiments expressed by you and ms_obstinate.

     



    Thanks StalkingButler.....and your comment reflects what I had hoped. Now is not the time for rivalries..and one of the nicest things about America is that we can disagree on politics or religion...but we all still recognize that we are in this together..and we unite against wrongdoings. No on should care about political arguments in the aftermath of a tragedy..of an attack on our citizens. Right now..there are more important things.

     
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    So true...!!

     
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