This has been a very turbulent week in the USA. It was a difficult and painful day when our way of life was threatened. The Boston Marathon is an opportunity for people to test their endurance and strength. It draws crowds from all over New England to cheer on the athletes and supporters. It is one of the ways that we live. The bombings were destructive and frightening, but the aftermath surprised even the most skeptical Americans.
The bombs went off and people came out to help those injured. Runners assisted injured people, police and emergency workers ran into the blast zone and carried out those who could not help themselves. The country ached and took a deep breath. And then we lived some more.
Law enforcement went into overdrive. Local police, state workers, university police, FBI, CIA had a common goal. Americans didn't surrender.
From all over the country, Boston became the focus for our nation. Americans wanted to show support and help, but what could the average person do?
Stephen Colbert said, "And when those bombs went off there were runners who after finishing a marathon kept running for another two miles to the hospital to donate blood.
'So here's what I know. These maniacs may have tried to make life bad for the people of Boston. But all they can ever do is show just how good those people are.'
Comedian Adam Sandler said, "Boston is probably the only major city that if you fuck with them, they will shut down the whole city...stop everything.. and find you."
Then came the Friday morning and most of the country heard the mixed news that one suspect was dead and the second was on the run. The suspects went on a rampage firing guns and setting off bombs. Boston shut down. Businesses closed, public transportation shut down and residents were asked to stay off the streets. This went on all day. Finally, the second suspect was apprehended.
The city and nation breathed a sigh of relief that was heard around the world.
Americans chanted USA in the streets, applauded our police and were grateful to be able to live again. Plans are continuing for the 2014 marathon. We are trying to move forward, being aware, but alive. I am grateful to all the brave men and women who worked tirelessly to save our way of life. America the Beautiful, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.