Hang in There, Boston.


photo / quote by Willa Cather

My dad and I spent a week in Boston and Salem every summer for a number of years growing up. My dream college was there,  my dad’s friends were there, it was like no other city in the country. Smaller and nicer than New York, and simultaneously foreign enough from and similar to Philly to be exciting and the perfect place to stretch my wings after high school. Not everything works out the way you planned, and I had to content myself with coming back to school here after the fall semester, but I never really let go of Boston, even though I haven’t been back since.

The bombing yesterday at the Boston marathon broke my heart. I left work early yesterday and got home a little before 4pm. I turned the tv on and it felt surreal. A senseless act upended what was supposed to be a joyous tradition and a celebration of human endurance, that despite the best efforts of those behind the terror, was still a celebration of human endurance. Watching marathoners and spectators run towards those injured to  help, not knowing if there was a third bomb or more danger, proved more about the capacity for bravery and kindness than accomplishing 26.2 miles. I still don’t understand why someone would want to do this to innocent people, but we’ll never understand terrorists. I’m not focusing on them. I’m focusing on the light and overwhelming human spirit exhibiting by those who helped yesterday.

Hang in there, Boston.

18 thoughts on “Hang in There, Boston.

    1. Wow, I didn’t realize it made its way across the world so quickly! Thank goodness for the internet. xo

  1. The quote above is true, sadly, and illustrated in your last paragraph.

    The sickos who publicly kill and maim others do so for notoriety. These things do need to be reported in the news, I know, but as we now live in the era of 24- hour news, the perpertrators inevitably get lots of air time.

    My heart is so heavy for the victims and their families.

    1. They do it for attention, and they end up getting it, which is unavoidable. But I’m happier to focus on the resilience of people rather than the sickos. Such a tragedy, though. My heart aches for those affected. xo

  2. Tragedies like these make me feel the same sentiment, and I ended up going home early from work too. It was a terrible thing to happen, and like you said, I cannot imagine even why. But you’re right, people have been showing grace in such a awful situation.

  3. that was so beautiful written. it’s true i think mr. rogers said something like, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” but right now i am just stuck on how senseless it is. it makes me angry. i can’t imagine any limbs that were lost, or the child who lost his life was worth the “point” that was being made by any one person/group/ideology. there’s other ways. the maiming and murder of innocent people not one of them. so sad.

  4. My husband is a runner and this whole thing could easily sicken someone. I think you are right, time to focus on the positive and the healing. Most importantly, not let a few with malicious intentions bring down our human spirit.

  5. Beautifully written, Erin. The event hits a personal chord when the city holds a special place in your heart. The bright light in all of this was watching so many people rush in to help, throwing aside their fear of what might happen next. As you probably know, Bostonians are a strong bunch and they will persevere.

  6. I didn’t even realize what had happened until I came home from work because I stayed internet free all day and we got rid of our radio at the office. It’s such a tragic and senseless event, I cannot understand why somebody would want to inflict this on others….Well written Erin! I am always at a loss for words in events like that…

  7. My sister’s going to Philly for the marathon this weekend and you can bet she’s gonna be rockin’ it for BOSTON!

    1. Whoops – Erin I realized that I had no idea what I was talking about when I posted this. She’ll be in Philly THIS weekend for Penn relays.

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