It has been two days since the unimaginable happened at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. As an adult who was living and working in Manhattan in September of 2001, I still had a hard time making sense of the senseless act of terrorism that touched us all two days ago. I can’t imagine how confusing it must be for children.
Today we went in to Boston with our friends the Goldings (@wjoegolding ) to watch @BigAppleCircus at Government Center. On the T in, we talked about how to talk to the kids about the bombings and even though we are modern parents, it is hard to figure out just what to say. We took comfort in knowing that our kids are still too young.
I empathize with all parents right now. What just happened here in Boston, while confusing and heartbreaking, is an important learning experience for our kids.
I am proud of the way my community has responded to the terror. Walking through the streets of Boston today, just a few blocks from Copley Square, I was heartened to see families out enjoying the beautiful spring day in the Common. I was reassured to see police officers from all over the Commonwealth on patrol in the city. I was inspired to feel a sense of togetherness among fellow citizens who seemed to be looking out for the safety and wellbeing of my kids as we commuted in on the Orange Line and walked through Downtown Crossing to get to the circus.
As we sat mesmerized by the wonderful acrobatic skill, the seemingly effortless synchronicity, and the good natured humor of the circus, I couldn’t help but feel proud to be a member of such a resilient and strong community.
While we deplore the actions of whoever caused this tragedy, we are not jumping to knee jerk reactions and blaming groups of people. We appreciate the shows of support and solidarity from our friends and sometimes rivals around the country and the world. We understand that the there are some people in the world who have succumbed to malevolence, but that we cannot allow them to pull us down into the mire with their hateful actions. We understand that our only way forward is to rely on our instinct of togetherness that this kind of event inspired in us. We can be proud of ourselves for the way so many people ran towards the blasts to help in whatever way they could. We can be proud of the way the community rallied to aid the injured and comfort the families of those killed by this senseless act of terrorism. We can be proud of the way this event makes us feel closer and more concerned for the safety our neighbors.
That’s why I am proud to live in the Boston metropolitan area and that’s what it means to me to be #BostonStrong.



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