Boston!

We were just there two weekends ago, scouting out for possible good university fits for my nieces as they approach the culmination of their high school education.  The temperatures were still unseasonably cool, although most days were sunny with clear skies. After visiting several universities, we headed for Boston City proper.  The city was resplendent with its handsome centuries’ old statues and magnificent storied edifices.  We roamed the streets, enjoyed Faneuil Hall and its environs, scouted museums, and savored Legal Seafood and Mr. Bartley’s Gourmet Burgers.  We drove away with such renewed fondness for this effervescent city.

And now this!

Boston Marathon Explosion April 15, 2013, A runner is knocked down by the first explosion but manages to get up a few minutes later and complete the race. Photo  Courtesy of CNN

Boston Marathon Explosion April 15, 2013, A runner is knocked down by the first explosion but manages to get up a few minutes later and complete the race. Photo Courtesy of CNN

The Boston Marathon has always been an icon of many things honorable and right, not just for Bostonians but also for the rest of the world. It is not just a celebration of athleticism and healthy living.  It has become a symbol of crossing lines over its more than 100 year history as it peeled away exclusions of race, gender, creed, and ethnicity.  Today, people from all over the world converge in Boston on the city’s celebration of Patriots’ Day, to celebrate not just their athletic prowess and sportsmanship, but to come together as human beings running side-by-side.

Why the Boston Marathon, we all ask, as we wring our hands and shake our heads?  Were the rigged explosions the work of a disgruntled and malevolent individual(s) who have an ax to grind?  Or was it part of a more elaborate politically motivated act of terrorism?

I bring to you all the words of Patton Oswalt, a well-known stand-up comedian, actor, writer, who says it eloquently in this UPWORTHY post.  Click here to see what he has to say.  Thank you, UPWORTHY for posting this.

Patton-Oswalt-Boston (c) Team Upworthy

Patton-Oswalt-Boston (c) Team Upworthy

Yes, we will weep for our injured and mourn our dead. But we will also celebrate the bravery, the undaunted heroism, the instantaneous deluge of support and volunteerism from all across the country.  (The Red Cross had to turn away hundreds of volunteers willing to donate blood within the same day!)

We will not back down.  We will not cower and retreat to our little corners.  We will continue to affirm the freedoms we hold dear, as we continue to refine and re-define them.

P.S. Kevin Cullen, columnist for the Boston Globe wrote an eloquent piece on this horror that has descended upon the Boston that he so loves.  Click here to read his piece, A Perfect Marathon Day, then the unimaginable.

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9 Responses to Boston!

  1. “The good outnumbers you and always will.” Inspiring words at a time of sadness, anger and fear. What happened was unforgivable but we should never loose hope that light and goodness will win in the end. There are kind and amazing people out there and we meet them everday. It is just sad that there are a few people who chose to turn off the conscience and humanity.

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  2. Writerlious says:

    I love the Oswalt quote. So perfect for a time like this when fear and hatred run high.

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  3. As long as there are more of us who run toward the blasts than away, the goodness in us will triumph.

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  4. frizztext says:

    I hope, there is no right wing extremism
    the origin of that attack – though I just read
    similar reflections at the independent.co.uk –
    greetings by
    http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/boston-marathon-reflections/

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  5. auntyuta says:

    The good outnumber the evil . . . . Let’s stick to this believe and that there’s hope for humankind.
    A lot of good people straight away helped. Disregarding possible danger to their own lives they did whatever was possible to help.
    This senseless, evil attack brought suffering to a lot of people. I feel so sorry about this and the sad loss of lives.
    Thank you, Mary-Ann, for telling us so much about what happened that day as well as your thoughts about it.

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  6. patriciamoed says:

    Bravo! Great thoughts and reminders of our goodness on this sad day.

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  7. giselzitrone says:

    Das ist schlimm unsere Gedanken sind bei diesen armen Menschen die nichts dafür können, man kann so was einfach nicht verstehen.Wünsche noch einen schönen Tag.Gruß Gislinde

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  8. Our thoughts and prayers to all involved. And just like that runner in the photo who was knocked down, we will rise and finish the race.

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