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.