Southern New Hampshire Real Estate and Short Sales: Boston Strong: Thoughts On The Boston Marathon Bombing

Boston Strong: Thoughts On The Boston Marathon Bombing

For a number of years my husband's band, Beatlejuice, played at the Finish Line of the Boston Marathon.  It was a rite of spring and a much anticipated event.  Every year we, along with hundreds of thousands of other people, would make the trek into the city.  Some years bundled up in winter coats and gloves and other years sporting t-shirts, shorts and flip-flops (this is New England, after all) but it didn't matter what Mother Nature had to offer us because the Marathon is a wildly popular and much loved event for so many reasons. 

It's a local event that welcomes participants from across the globe.  It's an athletic event that welcomes those with disabilities.  In fact, for years two of the most popular participants have been Rick and Dick Hoyt, a father and son team.  Rick has cerebral palsy and his dad, Dick pushes him in his wheelchair.  It's an athletic event in which there is as much, if not more, support for the amateurs as there is for the professionals.  It's an athletic event that is also, in many cases, a charitable event.  Many of the amateurs running are doing so to raise money for a cause near and dear to their hearts.  Dana Farber had a huge group running this year.

The Marathon has always been a celebration of determination, strength and sheer grit.  So, I don't believe it is any accident that it has always been held on Patriots' Day, a holiday which celebrates independence and liberty through the commemoration of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the Revolutionary War.Aftermath of Boston Marathon Bombing

And, I think one of the things that adds to the distress of this horrific event is that whoever planned this chose not just a geographic location but a specific event.  An event, as I mentioned above, that celebrates strength, determination and grit and that is held on a holiday that celebrates independence, liberty and freedom.  I don't believe that is a coincidence and I find it disturbing.

But, despite the horror the day held, I also saw much that is heartening...people, beyond the first responders, running into the fray to help in any way they could...pulling the gates and seating out of the way so the first responders could get to the victims; ripping off sweatshirts and tshirts and belts to use as tourniquets; picking victims up and carrying them to safety; searching for hours to help others find family members or friends they had been separated from.  And later on, a list was started that now has many, many people willing to take folks in who are stranded, offering up their guest rooms, their couches, their air mattresses.   Offering, in many cases, to come pick them up. 

Yes, I believe the light still outweighs the dark!

As for us, we didn't go in to the Marathon this year and all family and friends that work in town or were attending the Marathon have been accounted for.  We are fortunate.

My heart goes out to those families that were not so fortunate.

 

 

Comment balloon 13 commentsJoy Baker • April 16 2013 05:45AM

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Less attention that the misdeed's creators want and more silent prayers behind the scenes works best.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 5 years ago

This was indeed a very unfortunate happening that we as Americans should not endure. my heart goes out to the families of the victims as well

Is your husbands band the same one Brad Delp played in?

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 5 years ago

Yes, lots of prayers, Andrew

Posted by Joy Baker, So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist (RE/MAX Insight) over 5 years ago

Hello Fred~Yes, Brad was a dear friend and the lead singer for Beatlejuice.  We miss him, still.  Do you have connections to the Boston area?

Posted by Joy Baker, So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist (RE/MAX Insight) over 5 years ago

Well said, Joy.  

Posted by Brian Dixey over 5 years ago

Well said, Joy.  

Posted by Brian Dixey over 5 years ago

No, but I am a huge fan of the band Boston. Brad is and was my favorite singer of all time... and should be in the R&R Hall of Fame! I miss him too, and all I've heard about him was always positive. Still a mystery to me, but I'm sure his friends and family will always miss him!!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 5 years ago

Thanks, Brian!

Posted by Joy Baker, So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist (RE/MAX Insight) over 5 years ago

Yes, Fred, he was an incredibly talented singer and a wonderful, if haunted, human being. 

Posted by Joy Baker, So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist (RE/MAX Insight) over 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing your story.  All of us know that this could have taken place in any community. Our thoughts and prayers are with those that were injured or lost their lives.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 5 years ago

You're welcome, Roy.  We're all still praying.

Posted by Joy Baker, So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist (RE/MAX Insight) over 5 years ago

A really great way to Support all the Families is throught the 

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Posted by Ray Stockwell, Head of Product Marketing ZipperAgent (Zyprr, INC) over 5 years ago

Hi Ray~The One Fund is doing a great job raising money to help the victims of this atrocity...and I love the hat!

Thanks for supplying the links!  Joy

Posted by Joy Baker, So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist (RE/MAX Insight) over 5 years ago

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