Patriot’s Day is a holiday in Massachusetts, but not for me. Nonetheless, I love the spirit that surrounds the Boston Marathon. When the kids were young, Peter used to run it, and we would cheer him on. It’s a time when the world is watching Boston, and most of the world is represented in our city’s famous race.
At three o’clock on Monday afternoon, I heard about the explosions. Word spread quickly thanks to the Internet. That people were injured was apparent, but no one knew how many and how seriously.
No more work was accomplished that afternoon—everyone was checking on loved ones and watching the same frightening footage of the scene over and over again on their computer screens.
That evening the emails poured in. A college roommate I hadn’t heard from in years. A young woman who used to work for me, now a medical resident and out of touch for some time. My brother, Peter’s sister, and my 101-year-old Aunt Ruth. All wanting to know that we are safe. All sad for those who suffered and for Boston.
On Tuesday we gathered outside work for a moment of silence and remembrance that brought tears to my eyes and 9/11 feelings of vulnerability. Since then, we’ve been hearing about heroic helpers and acts of generosity by the people of Boston. Even Stephen Colbert paid his respects (http://bo.st/Yv2VOd).
This was the 116th Boston Marathon. There will be a 117th Boston Marathon next year, but it won’t be the same.