We Are Boston
First and foremost, I want to say that our thoughts and prayers here at Spogo remain with all the victims of the tragic events that unfolded in Boston on Monday, and with their families.
As the hours slowly pass by in the aftermath of this horrific day, it can become more difficult to comprehend just what occurred. The day started as all Patriots’ Day Marathon Mondays before it—a celebration. Friends and families gathering along the historic route from the suburbs to downtown Boston, cheering on runners from around the world. It’s a day that represents the beginning of Spring as the sun warms the streets and smiles blossom. The entire Boston metropolis revels together—from elite Ethiopian runners to solo-cup grasping college students. Marathon Monday is a beautiful, diverse, community celebration.
It’s amazing how quickly things can change.
Just a few hours after joining some friends on a roof deck near the finish line, we heard two large explosions. We quickly ran downstairs and opened the doors to chaos and confusion. Someone yelled “there’s blood everywhere!” After moving quickly towards the Charles River, we ended up at a friend’s apartment. There were 7 or 8 of us sitting in front of the TV for the next few hours, utterly stunned. We called friends and family to make sure everyone was OK. The experience was surreal. Dumbfounding. How could this happen? Who did this? Why?
Since Monday, there’s been an overwhelming amount of information to digest. And it’s easy to get caught up in it—from gruesome photographs and injury reports to rumors about unexploded devices and mystery men on rooftops. In my opinion, it’s now more important than ever to restrain from spreading and exaggerating the terror, because that’s exactly what they want—a horror-fed panic that disrupts life as we know it. While it may seem impossible, by remaining calm and rational and continuing with our daily lives, we will overcome.
Let’s focus on the outpouring of support that we’ve seen from around the world. Let’s praise the heroes who saved lives. Let’s take our anger and confusion and turn it into pride. Let’s live this day as we would any other. And let’s make next year’s Boston Marathon a celebration once again.
We are Boston. We are strong. And we will prevail.