Giving the shirt off your back
Monday, April 22, 2013
When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people, as I grew older , I admire kind people." Abraham Joshua Heschel
What happened in Boston was a terrible tragedy that I hope will never be duplicated again . But out of that tragedy came a heck of a lot of kindness.
People literally gave the shirts off their backs for others to use as bandages. they used their belts or what ever else they could find. People who already ran 26 miles ran to help or give blood. Instead of running away from disaster they ran toward it to help.
People opened their refrigerators and cabinets and gave out food, water, and blankets.. People opened their homes and hearts so others with no place to go could rest and watch the news.
Later when things got back to semi normal the sport world showed their kindness to others. The yankees stood with the red sox not against. Whole stadiums sang the national anthem together as one. The Bruins opposing team paid them and Bostonians homage before the game. Neil Diamond surprised the red sox with a rendition of Sweet Caroline . And lastly the Bruins gave the shirts off their backs to the first responders to the tragedy.
Before this I had my doubts about this country . We have a habit of not knowing our neighbors. A habit I will soon be breaking. The world seemed a cold and desolate place. But now I see the outpouring of LOVE .I saw it in the signs at the London marathon dedicated to Boston Strong. Most of the world is ready to give the shirts off their backs and that my friend is a very powerful thing.