Tuesday, April 15, 2014
At approximately 2:49pm today, the city of Boston observed a moment of silence. It was the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings when 3 people died, one more later in the week and 260 people injured. Being from the Boston area, I watched the ceremonies on TV with heavy heart and tears in my eyes. At 2:49pm on April 15, 2013 our lives were changed. Something that was such a fun event was at that moment changed forever.
I remember working that day and although I work from home and could have had the TV or a radio on at that moment, I did not. I actually learned of the bombings from a co-worker in Brazil (yes BRAZIL). It did not take long for the world to know about what happened in Boston. The event that changed Boston and the world.
Later that week I had plans with my 9 year niece to take her for her first horse back riding lesson. Unfortunately she lives in one of the suburbs of Boston and was part of the lock down while they tried to find the bombers. How do you explain to a 9 year old something as horrible as the bombings and that she cannot get out of her house? How do you explain how a senseless act changed things forever?
Three co-workers and I had tickets to the Boston Bruins game days after the bombing. It was the first public event in Boston to be held. The streets were lined with police with big guns and Homeland security vehicles. The city of Boston was going to go on and not be afraid. It was a sobering and a joyful moment at the same time. Boston was changed.
Some things I just do not understand…terrorism, abuse (mental or physical), war, shootings at schools…. I never, never will understand. They say things like this make us stronger. I am not so sure about that but we do need to be strong to get through these things.
Today I honor in my heart those that lost their lives last April 15th , those who were maimed and those first responders who worked so hard to help those in need. You make us strong.
Next Monday is the running of the 2014 Boston Marathon and I applaud all who take part in this. You are strong!