4.16.2013

i love you, boston

I am ok. My loved ones are ok.

There are victims of yesterday's tragedy who cannot say the same thing. They are not blessed with the opportunity to go home and blog about their shock and anger. They are in the midst of too much pain...or already departed from it.

So I begin from there. And I am humbled by it. I am sad and shaken.

I was at the 25 mile mark at 2:50 yesterday.

I jumped up and down as my friend trudged by and managed a weak smile. As he was passing, we were receiving news of the explosions at the finish line, and I wondered what exactly he was running into. And I wondered about his girlfriend, waiting for him at the end. (They are both ok.)

I was not close enough to feel a tremor or hear the boom. I was not close enough to feel panic. In truth, I was a world away from it all. And for that, I am eternally grateful.

I saw this image floating around yesterday...

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I was struck by the same thing many others were struck by: the first respondents...police officers, but also volunteers, organizers, spectators...ran into danger without hesitation. It makes you lose your breath. Thank you.

How can we face the madness with love?

All we can do is go forth every day and do the right thing. In small moments, we can choose to do the kind thing, the responsible thing, the giving thing. Love begins with those smallest of decisions, I think. Not just in these days following our tragedy...every day.

Because every day we step out into this world, we take a risk. Sometimes tragedy strikes. And we can only hope that those around us will keep doing the good.

I love you, Boston.



wise words here and here and here

19 comments:

  1. So happy to hear that you are ok. Thank you for sharing this with us. It is awful and saddening that the world can be so unsafe and hurtful. I'm finding peace in the stories of humanity that have come from such a terrible event - the ones where marathoners kept running past the finish line straight to the hospital to give blood.

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  2. Feeling chills and relief that you're okay - that you're able to blog about this and that you are strong and safe today. There is so much good. SO MUCH good. Xo Jenna

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  3. So well said, and so glad you're ok, Clair. It'a a beautiful city, and full of people (like you said) who are doing the right, good thing every day.

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  4. So relieved that you + they are ok. This post touched me more than most others. Love this city so darn much <3

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  5. So glad you and your friends are ok. Such a sad day. I only hope they will catch the people/person. Boston is such an awesome city and I'm proud to live here. I'm so proud of all the people who helped yesterday.

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  6. Brought tears to my eyes.... <3 So glad you are OK

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  7. Glad you are ok. I'm still shaken and so sad, but looking for the helpers is the best thing we can do. It fills my heart with hope.

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  8. very well said. we all have the choice - let's keep making the right one.

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  9. Clair, I am also so glad you and your friends are alright. I had goosebumps reading this post-- I love your heart and I'm so glad I found you here in our amazing city. XO, friend.

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  10. So glad you're safe. Thoughts and prayers to your city of helpers! xx

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  11. Oh Clair. How scary that must have been- I'm so glad your friends are okay!

    This is a beautiful post about our city. You get it exactly right.

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  12. So so sad.... ;(
    You were there! My gosh. My heart breaks every time I think about this. ;(
    Happy to hear you and your friends are ok. xo

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  13. Glad to hear you are okay. What an awful thing your community is going through. You are right though, you see how truly amazing people can be in such tragedy.

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  14. Relieved to hear that you stayed safe, Clair.

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  15. I'm just now seeing this. I saw your Twitter posting last week about being safe and I felt relieved. I hope all is well my friend.

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  16. so so so glad you are alright, love! will be missing you at the german movie this sunday ;) hope you have a lovely trip!

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  17. Wise words Fred Rogers. Thanks for sharing the quotes. What a scary day, but glad to hear you and your friends are okay.

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  18. Thanks to everyone for all the love and kind words! xoxo

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Thanks for making me smile. =)