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Tuesday - Boston Marathon aftermath

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It's a tragedy what occurred yesterday in my home state. School was off for spring break - state holiday and the Boston Marathon is a BIG deal in Massachusetts. Spectators align the route cheering on everyone. Over 27 thousand racers - some were professionals most were amateurs. For the most part we didn't care who won but individuals who trained for months passing that finish line was a major personal achievement and each and every one were cheered and supported as they ran or walked the route.

Some individual/group yet to be found had to try and ruin this perfect day. Turn personal victory into international tragedy. They underestimated our resilience. No not just Boston but ordinary people's resilience. This was not limited to Bostonians helping others in need, it expanded to all in the area whether they were American or not. It was clear although we may not be used to war on our on home front but we will run to help and care for those who were hurt if disaster strikes.

My heart goes out to the families of the 3 who died, those injured, the racers who had their dreams to complete this famous marathon crushed, the spectators who witnessed the event and any and all the medical, police, fire personnel who jumped in and cared for those injured and their families.

Now as we search for answers which may take time to find, the news media replays the incidents over and over. Sometimes I wonder if this is a good thing or bad. Constant replay with little new information versus regular updates. I think I would prefer the latter.

I am proud of my DH nephew who did run and was lucky to complete the marathon in under 3 hours before it was stopped. He has his memories to take home with him and he and his parents were unharmed in the aftermath. Given modern technology I was able to track his progress at home while I worked out of my home office.

How will this change future events not only here but in other cities who host these type of events? Do we deny the camaraderie which is formed by perfect strangers as they come out and cheer on because we are afraid of some crazy person or persons who has an agenda to hurt innocent people? As I type I just shake my head at these events. Why? I don't understand the need to hurt innocents for any agenda.

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  • MACMOM57
    Terrible thing for sure. What is this world coming to? Hugs to your family and the state of Mass.
    1770 days ago
    So glad your family is safe and so sad for the victims. These idiots will not hold us down! Great blog!
    1770 days ago
    You're right, Ginny & it's so sad. Just a few crazies out there who do things to hurt innocent people. Not even people who have done something to them - just whoever happens to be in the place they decide to strike.

    So soory for the sorry brought to all in your great city & everywhere else involved. If they are trying to divide the US citizens, I think they've got it backwards. It continues to bring us closer in order to help one another through these terrible things.
    1770 days ago
  • ANYVAR54
    Your blog is beautiful. My husband and I used to live in Cambridge, and have friends who have run the Boston Marathon. In fact I am waiting for a call back from a friend who lives in Boston to see if she is okay.
    Thank you for writing your blog.
    1770 days ago
    There will always be evil in this world. Satan is out to destroy anyway he can. But we are stronger and wiser than him and will overcome this tragedy. Just like 9-11 wecame together to help, black, white, men and woman . My heart goes out to the people who died or were forever changed by this from horrible injures. Prayers are going out for all of them. Let us pray that nothing like this will happen again. Unfortunately it probably always will. Fortunately , we will not allow it to destroy us. we will overcome with love and true devotion to making a better world for all.
    1771 days ago
    It is a very beautiful blog and I thank you for your careful writing and sharing. It takes time to write well and I thank you since this is a very difficult topic. AND I am very happy no one you know got hurt.

    I thought about what you wrote at the very end, how this will probably change events such as marathons. I hope whoever did it is caught because if they are not international in nature, this may be an isolated event (I hope).

    I lived in Massachusetts, in North Attleborough, and worked at Boston Medical Center from 2000-2002; beautiful state. Take care.

    Love, Chelsea emoticon
    1771 days ago
    I would say to "close the borders"...unfortunately there are already too many crazies in the United States, that it wouldn't matter.

    All war and acts of terrorism is senseless....nobody wins, as someone always dies.
    1771 days ago
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