I’ve been planning to give y’all a personal update for a while now, but I was hoping it would include updates more akin to farmer’s markets and vintage thrift stores I’ve found, what’s going on at my job, and maybe even the weather. I never imagined that my next post would be about attacks, bombs, and lives lost…
Boston is my lifeblood. It’s been my home for the last three years, and has enveloped me in loving arms so tightly, that I can hardly remember living anywhere else. I feel a sense of belonging here that I can’t imagine recreating anywhere else. And until yesterday, it was my safe haven.
I decided to walk by the finish line of the marathon after having lunch with a friend further downtown. I had been at the marathon earlier that morning, but the weather was nice and I knew the next wave of runners was supposed to be coming in. There are few things more inspiring than seeing someone finish a marathon, so I decided to head back to the finish line. But the crowds were too much for me, and I decided to walk the long way home- away from the marathon.
When I got home I heard the news, turned on the TV and saw the terror unfolding that I narrowly avoided. I live close to the finish line, and heard the sirens, helicopters, and noise for the rest of the day and into the night. I am extremely blessed to have made it home safely, and everyone I knew involved in the race (volunteering, spectating, and running) went uninjured. But my heart breaks and pours out to all of those affected by this tragedy.
The streets that I knew so well will never look quite the same to me. Today also marks the anniversary of the tragic events at Virginia Tech, which still sting all too much, even six years later (I am originally from Virginia.) But the courageous acts, the compassion I’ve received, and just the good in humanity I’ve seen, are all so inspiring. Thank you to everyone who reached out to me to make sure I was safe, your love means the world to me. Today, and from now on, everyone’s a Hokie, everyone’s a Bostonian, and united we stand.
I love you, Boston. You’re my home.