Boston


Yesterday started out as any other day and ended as one I will never forget.  I'll remember mine and Justin's morning walk to the car where we complained of having to work on a holiday and miss watching the race.  I'll remember the outfit I wore. I'll remember the 3 p.m. meeting I sat in so relaxed, not knowing the complexity of what had happened just minutes earlier. I'll remember the sun that shined so brightly, matching the emotions of the city that morning but contrasting them starkly come 2:50 p.m. 

It's funny how a split second can change things. That morning, I complained at a more than necessary length about having to work and not being able to partake in Marathon Monday festivities. Suddenly, I felt guilty for having complained at all. My heart fell so heavy. It hurt. I had been fairly upbeat for a Monday, and all of a sudden I couldn't even crack a smile and instead, fought back tears. 

Justin picked me up from work, and the combination of his presence and the reality of what had just happened filled me with emotion. I held his hand tightly as tears made a steady stream down my face, feeling beyond grateful that I could still hold the hand of the one I love, and at the same time feeling a deep hurt and sadness for those who could no longer do the same.

This obviously isn't the first public tragedy that I've experienced in my 27 years, but there's a different feeling about it when it hits so close to home. Literally. This is my neighborhood.  These are the streets that I walk everyday. The finish line is a quick 10 minute walk from our apartment. This is my home. It is surreal. How could this happen? Why would someone do this to these innocent people and this beautiful city that I've come to love so much? Who would want to turn such a joyous event into something awful? I never thought my day would end with a soundtrack of constant sirens and helicopters circling overhead. It's impossible to comprehend.

My heart goes out to those affected by this horrific tragedy.  Please know that you are not only in my prayers, you are in millions of people's prayers.  God is always present, even during these times of sadness, and He is watching over you. And for that one person (or people) whose intentions were harmful, there are an infinite number of people whose intentions are good. So, I leave you with this uplifting quote from the one and only, Mr. Rogers: 










11 comments:

Jacqueline O said...

Thinking of you and your city, my dear! xoxo!

Lindsay Kauffman said...

Such a sad event. I'm so glad you and your fiance are ok. That has got to be such an erie feeling knowing how close to home it happened. Please be safe and I am sending lots of love and prayers your way! Love that Mr. Rogers quote so much! xoxo, Lindsay

Anna said...

Thank you of sharing your thoughts, dear. SO thankful that you and Justin are safe. I hear you on how surreal it is to have this happen in our home, to our community... it feels different being so close. All we can do is pray! xoxo

Kimberlee Van Der Wall said...

I'm glad you were safe! Just read your weekend recap and made me sad that such a joyous event that people work so hard to achieve was so tragically ruined. Keeping Boston in my thoughts!

Heather Marie said...

it is such a surreal thing. so glad you are safe. my thoughts are hurting for all of those who were impacted by the happenings.

Lindsay said...

Your city and it's people are in my prayers!

Always Maylee said...

I'm still in shock. Copley is my most favorite part of Boston. I'm sad and angry and just filled with emotion. I'm glad you guys are ok though.

xo, Yi-chia

Mariah Rickard said...

Wow! I cannot imagine something like that happening close to home. I am praying for you and the families in Boston.

XO
Mariah

Alissa Kelly said...

So well said. I am thankful you two are safe and keep praying for those who aren't so fortunate. It seriously hurts my heart to see videos of what happened. I will never understand people who do this - but they'll be judged one day.

Alissa
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In The Night Sky said...

This is just so awful. Glad you are OK.

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

Beautiful!! and you were definitely on my mind once I heard. glad you're safe :)

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