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I will run the Boston Marathon; I will be there no matter what

Boston Marathon I will run the Boston Marathon; I will be there no matter what

Horrified, stunned, amazed by the kindness of others, amazingly disappointed, proud, so proud to be an American.  I watched the video like everyone else and saw the horrific damage that the bombs did.  We all saw the lives of those in our community absolutely torn apart by senseless violence as it played over, and over again on our cable networks.  At the same time that the bombs exploded we witnessed average citizens and first responders not panic, but actually run towards the explosions to help those that had fallen.  What an amazing act of courage and human kindness.  It was the kind of spectacle that every time, every time you see it, it brings tears.  Those representing us in our government have been such a failure over the last several years; they came together and worked not just tirelessly, but so seamlessly, and effectively.  They brought results in hours.  They did that without a discussion of skin color or religion.   Granted there were mistakes in the news coverage, but this was one of those rare instances where an industry policed itself saying we can do better, and they did.  When it was all done the citizens of Watertown stood along the street as all of the police pulled out and they cheered.  There was no talk of vengeance, these people cheered because they showed the world the best of us, in the worst of times.  It made you so proud to be an American. 

So what is next? For me, I am going to run the Boston Marathon.  I don’t know what it will take, I don’t know how it works, but next year I am going to be in the Boston Marathon, or I am going to be there cheering as loudly as I can.


  1. Bless your heart, my friend.
    It has been a very, very sad week.

  2. Thanks Charlie for stopping by to see me. After your thoughtful comments I felt I must return the favor and I am so glad I did!

    I am impressed by what you have done here and what you have written. You run that marathon and I’ll be cheering for you all the way…I’d cheer for you anyway.

    I have subscribed and will be returning to read more. See you around!
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  3. I wonder when the people with bombs will figure out that their interference in our lives only makes us stronger and brings us closer together, thereby defeating everything they’re about?

  4. I’m hoping it will be better than ever, and that’s the kind of spirit that’s needed to make it that way. I’ll be cheering you and everyone else on.

  5. From the other side of the pond, we too were amazed and heartened by those who ran ‘towards’ and went in to save others. That marvellous man in the cowboy hat was a real hero.

    I’ll be rooting for you to run that marathon – that would be such an achievement and the culmination of all your hard work. I wish you well 🙂

    • I have seen a lot of things, but this and the Sandy Hook event eats away at me. I think about it every day. I think about the principal who ran to meet the man with a gun, the runners that ran back to the blast; these are really special people.
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  6. I think a lot of folks are having similar thoughts. Thank you for writing this very positive post about a very dark event.
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  7. I believe you will Charlie, and we will cheer you on!

  8. I have seen a lot of things, but this and the Sandy Hook event eats away at me. I think about it every day.
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  9. My younger brother and his wife live in the city of Boston and normally they attend the marathon since it is a day off but they did not this year.
    Sadly however, their very good friend Krystal did attend and she turned out to be the third fatality.
    Very tough time for all involved in this horrific situation.
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    • I spent 12 years working in one of the largest emergency room settings in the US, I have been in more surgeries than most surgeons; I have seen a lot of things that most people can’t imagine. Still, nothing ever prepares you that kind of horrific loss. You never get numb to tragedy on that scale.

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