Yesterday, April 15, 2013, something evil happened in Boston, Massachusetts. As thousands of spectators looked on, runners steadily crossed the finish line in the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon. What an accomplishment! I can’t imagine how finishing something so challenging and rigorous would feel! So, as these people were celebrating reaching HUGE goals and realizing their dreams, 2 bombs went off in the crowd. As of right now, 3 people have died and almost 200 have been injured. We see pictures of massive bloodshed, people frantically trying to get away from the scene, and chaos at every turn.
What we also see pictures of are people running TOWARDS the chaos…just regular people, reacting to this horrific act of violence and cowardice with courage and disregard for their own safety. We’ve heard stories of people using parts of their own clothing as tourniquets for the injured, people holding others up who were too injured to hold themselves up, and others comforting and soothing perfect strangers in the midst of these horrific conditions.
Why am I telling you all this? Well, because now that we have a son, I look at things like this through different eyes. While Sammy has no idea what the Boston Marathon is or what a bomb is, he does know that we, his parents, are the two people in this world that are supremely responsible for his well being and his exposure to evil things in the world. How will we handle it when he is old enough to take in and understand the evil things that people have the capability to do to each other?
What I have made the decision to do in the last 24 hours is to teach him that yes, there are people in the world that think they have some good reason to hurt other people, but there are many, many MORE people that have the capability to help, give, care for, and nurture other people. That is what we will focus on. We won’t focus on the evil acts, but the superhuman ability that humankind has to close ranks and hold each other up.
While the media shows the explosion videos over and over, and while they interview traumatized witnesses and analyze their words, we will be talking about the people that took care of each other…even after running 26.2 miles! THAT is the remarkable part of this tragic occurrence and that is what we will focus on with our sweet Sammy. His pure, innocent little mind doesn’t need to be littered with incessant reliving of the evil, but with the beauty that humanity is capable of. That’s the best I can do with this horrific tragedy. Our hearts go out to all those who have been touched by this, and we hold each one of you up with our positive energy.