4.15.2013

Boston, I Love You!

Living not far outside of Boston, my local tv stations come out of that city. And I am sitting here, glued to my television, watching continuing coverage, tears streaming down my eyes, only hours after the explosions. Of course, I am always horrified by any senseless violence, especially when it comes in the form of some sort of terror attack, but this one in particular has twisted and torn my heart like a rag.


This is my city! The city I lost my heart to. Boston feels like my hometown because from the first time I stepped foot into the city, every particle of my soul recognized that place as home, the place I was always meant to be. And someone has attacked my home.

And then I hear that one of the those murdered was eight years old. An eight year old!  My youngest child just turned eight. My stomach is in knots, my heart hurts. I can do nothing.

And then I hear of arms and legs being blown off of victims in the attack. Lives forever changed, forever altered. All I can do is pray.

And then I hear 76 people are injured and maybe more!  All I can do is pray.

But then I hear of marathon runners who after finishing their 26 miles, ran straight over to Mass General to donate blood.  I hear of Bostonians opening up their homes to displaced runners, offering a place to stay. I hear of local businesses handing out free food to people stuck in the city. And I remember there are really good people in the world. All I can do is pray in gratitude that such people exist.


My thoughts and feelings are all jumbled still, and I am not yet in that place where I can sort through it. Everything is still so confusing and it will be days before we have many answers. But I am grateful that these devastations seem to bring out the best in so many people, and I'm grateful that these tragedies often unite a city, and a region. I hope that a spirit of peace will be poured out on Boston and love will overcome hate.

Boston, I love you!

14 comments:

  1. Such a tragedy. Thinking of everyone there.
    x
    Jenny

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  2. My sister-in-law had literally just finished the marathon and was getting a drink when the bomb exploded. Her husband and two young boys were standing right where it went off, but had just left to go find her. We're so very thankful that they're safe but feel so terrible for those affected. Such a sad day.

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  3. Those are my feelings as well. It's hard, especially as a mom...it makes your heart heavy. Its all just unbelievable. Hugs to you and others in Boston this night!~

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  4. Alyson,

    My son came running down the stairs yesterday evening to tell me the awful news about what had happened in Boston. My thoughts are with you and everyone affected by this tragedy.

    Leanne xx

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  5. I have been watching the unfolding tragedy on the news - it is just truly awful. My heart goes out to everybody involved.
    I will never understand the how people can carry out these terrible acts of violence!

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  6. Alyson, I am with you, much too close to home. My brother was at the Red Sox and staying in the city. I had to keep relaying him news as I got it, as they were walking around and knew nothing. So terrifying.

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  7. When I read about "helpers" in your post it made me cry. We were busy moving in on the 15th and how no idea what was going on until our new neighbor came over and told us what was happening, and his 2 sons live in Boston so he was hoping for a call from them. I know how you feel about Boston, because I feel the same way. Jordan and I want to live in Boston someday when are kids are all grown up. Thank you for always sharing another perspective. As you have dealt with some terror and demons in your life, you are amazingly brave to me and always able to look hard at something when most of us are looking away, and because of that you are able to speak words that help others reclaim courage that abusers and terrorists try to take away.

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  8. It's unbelievable and so tragic what happened. It feels really personal to those of us for whom Boston is our hometown city. I think that this will end up making our wonderful city even stronger.

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  9. It was awful. One of the injured was a former student of mine & my cousins cousin . . . Words fail me.

    I came across your site via Nantucket Daffodill. I'm happy to follow. I see you live in So. NH, we are on the MA/NH line. Looking forward to visiting again.

    Mary

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  10. I wish my words were as eloquent as yours are in this post; You see, Boston is not the place of my birth, either. But it is home to me. I don't even live there now, (I live in Michigan) but I have always felt a deep sense of love for the city. I have relatives who helped settle New England, and I often wonder if that is why my heart is captured again and again by such a wonderful area. My heart really resides elsewhere- in the historic towns of new england- where past and present merge to create the future.
    It is the harderst thing to explain... and just thinking about it gives way to tears streaming down my face. Thank you for helping me to not feel like there is something wrong or weird with my feelings; and for sharing such a deep love for the beautiful city of Boston.

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  11. So thankful that he has been caught - I have been so overwhelmed from the events that took place last week (even from this side of the world) but I have also been totally overcome by the solidarity and support of the city.

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  12. What a beautifully written heartfelt post. I was stunned and shocked, too. I had left the room for just a minute and came back to the living room and the breaking news. Boston showed amazing resilience and resolve. When the second suspect was caught alive, tears sprung to my eyes at the impromptu "parade" of grateful citizens spilling into the streets of Watertown, cheering on the brave heroes who nabbed him. BOSTON STRONG! My heart goes out to all the families of loved ones lost and severely injured. Hoping time will heal.

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  13. Alyson,

    I have nominated you for a Liebster Award. If you pop over to my blog, you can find out more about it. I just really enjoy your blog, and would like to share it with others. Don't worry if you aren't into this kind of thing, I totally understand. I just think it's a bit of fun. Look up 'More Liebster Love' entry.

    Hope all is well.

    Leanne xx

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  14. I took this assault on Boston personally too since I lived for over a decade in Cambridge. We travelled through Boston on our way to England but luckily the airports were open then. I can make no sense of this carnage.

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