i went on a run today. it wasn’t a particularly good run. i had no energy. it took every fiber of my being to go as far as i did, which was not far at all. but i went out as a kind of solidarity thing for yesterday’s tragedy at the boston marathon.
yesterday was off to a good start. after a fun birthday weekend, i was doing some shopping and getting some additional birthday freebies. afterwards, i went home to check the status of evan’s stepmom, who was running the marathon. as she neared the finish her stats weren’t reloading as before. when a long stretch of time passed with no updates, i began to wonder if something happened. i shrugged it off, figuring it was just a site issue. i went to yahoo with intentions of switching back immediately, when the headline appeared about explosions near the finish. panic set in.
it’s a very unsettling feeling to know a city you called home for a few years, a street your school was on, sidewalks you crossed over countless times, a joyous event you watched from the sidelines, is now overwhelmed in grief. thankfully, everyone we know up there is alright. marathon monday, or patriot’s day is supposed to be a celebration, and i know i’m not a born-and-raised bostonian, but through my connections to the city, yesterday was still painful to see happen.
boston is a wonderful, beautiful, tough, resilient city. i spent some very formative years there. it’s a long road ahead, but they will bounce back. sending all my love.