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!
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.
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.
- Daniel Arrigg Koh: They Won’t Mess With Our Marathon: Boston Is About Passion (huffingtonpost.com)
- Patton Oswalt’s Inspiring Message in the Wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings: “The good outnumber you, and we always will.” (cheezburger.com)
- Patton Oswalt Saluted For His Boston Marathon Tribute (oddonion.com)
- Boston on Lockdown Following Blasts at Boston Marathon (essentialprepper.com)
- Youngest victim of Boston Marathon bomb eight-year-old there to support father (independent.co.uk)
- Boston in our hearts (azflsports.wordpress.com)
- My Heart is With You, Boston (pittsburghmommyblog.com)
- Boston Marathon (viphstep.wordpress.com)
- Thousands Will Walk to Complete Boston Marathon (now100fm.cbslocal.com)