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Monday, April 15, 2013

If you have not yet heard, I will tell you what happened today.

It is the Boston Marathon today. And it is a sweet and lovely and fun event where people show homemade banners and buy and hand out their own water and cups and bottles and orange wedges because they feel like it. Heartbreak Hill is a few blocks from my home.

And today it was the scene of horror and devastation, as two explosions rocked the finish line about 3 hours after the start.

There are newer news stories and they are horrible. 2 dead? 3? 12? 64 injured? 107? I just don't know, and it will be a while before things are all sorted out. Reports of a suspect in custody proved to be false. People are talking to the police. The local hospitals have their collective hands full.

All that someone like me can do is pass on the best possible information, as accurately and unemotionally as possible. And I can donate blood - which I will do on Thursday. I can offer positive thoughts, perhaps prayer.

It is shocking and frightening. And it hits home not because this literally WAS at my home, but also because this is the kind of thing that I do.

It is easy to put our heads into the sand, and say that, well, if we stop doing such things, we will be safe. It is far easier to sit at home and munch and fret.

Or we can be out there, and thumb our noses at it. Not forget the victims. Not forget that these things, sadly, do happen.

But to reaffirm that we are going to do for ourselves and our loved ones.

And we shall be unbent.

And we shall be unbowed.

This is my home.

This is what I love.

And we shall be unbowed.

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  • PICKIE98
    Senseless, sad and a tool to make us more determined to help each other whenever possible, ,we never know ,, lief is not day to day, it is second to second..
    1796 days ago
    Well said Jes. Good healthy words. Cant let the b*****ds get us down.
    1796 days ago
    My heart breaks for the victims, their families, and the City. Praying!
    1796 days ago
    I was happy to see you post and know you were ok yesterday...and all my other Boston sparkfriends. This is just beyond belief. My heart is deeply saddened....but I put on the running shoes and got out there today...for Boston.
    1796 days ago
    I have been thinking a lot about this, and how lucky I feel that I haven't had to live my life waiting for a bomb to go off. I go to sleep at night reasonably sure that I will still be alive in the morning. In some parts of the world, this would just be one more thing among so many...but here, it is terrifying, and we will collectively do our best as Americans to make it stop.

    Thanking God (or gods, or the FSM if that's what floats your boat) that you are ok.
    1796 days ago
  • CDCSMITH2013
    I'll admit I'm having a lot of trouble keeping upbeat. We were camping and my husband's phone alerted that the local news said a bomb had gone off at the finish line. Couldn't get to a tv fast enough at that point. So, so sad. So angry at whoever did this.
    1797 days ago
    There are no words, really, are there?

    1797 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/16/2013 12:39:26 PM
    I am just so angry at the stupidity of this act. Glad you're OK and my sister in law and niece and lots of friends in Boston. I'll be at Legal Sea Food next week and go t a play. Damned if I'll let some nut case scare me away from a city I love!

    1797 days ago
    So insane! obviously not you - just why anyone would do this!
    1797 days ago
    Thanks for your perspective. I was wondering about you. While I'm terribly sad about the people who have been hurt, I'm also grateful you're ok.
    1797 days ago
    So sad. I was at Old Sturbridge Village today commemorating Patriots' Day and giving our daughter a history lesson. When we left we got the news, around 5:30pm. Absolutely shocking. :-(
    1797 days ago
    Amen sister, Boston You're my Home!

    Let's also remember, "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm"

    We'll get them!
    1797 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Very sad emoticon
    1797 days ago
    It is so sad. And scary too
    1797 days ago
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