My heart is breaking for my city today. I almost do not have the words to write about the horrifying tragedy at the marathon today. I debated about whether or not to write anything at all, and decided that I needed to in order to both cope with it and request your prayers and positive energy sent this way.
I came to Boston in 2003 for college, and have never left. I fell head over heels in love with this amazing city. I am a very proud Boston Public Schools teacher. I love this city beyond words. I love the history, the pride, the accent, the insane sports fanatacism and most of all the heart. This is an incredible city.
President Obama said it best:
Today is a holiday in Massachusetts -- Patriots’ Day. It’s a day that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American city of Boston has reflected from the earliest days of our nation. And it’s a day that draws the world to Boston’s streets in a spirit of friendly competition. Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I'm supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city. And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way.
So far there have been three deaths, including an eight year old baby, and over 130 injuries. Please be with us. Please pray for us, especially for the victims and witnesses and their families.
I am continually reminding myself of the heroicism seen today. When thousands of people were fleeing from the bomb, dozens of policemen, firefighters, military personnel and EMTs were running TOWARD the blast, without regard for their own lives. Doctors and nurses ran 26.2 miles, then immediately CONTINUED running to hospitals and medical tents to help save lives. God bless these heroes.
Please hold your loved ones a little closer, and pray for Boston tonight.