Echoing Craig Ferguson

I had just finished my workout and gotten off the treadmill when the bomb explosions happened. Most of the time, the TV is on in the locker room, but not yesterday. I was dragging ease the workout wore me out, but I was thrilled I’d made it through.

It was my until I returned home a little later that I heard the news.

I can’t imagine the feelings of those runners and their friends and families. To have weed so hard to get there, to be doing something totally innocent and exciting only to have some cowards rip it to shreds. The Boston Marathon is not a political event. It’s not even about haves and have nots. It’s about people doing their personal best and those who were cheering them on.

What sort of assholes destroy something like that? It makes no point, it just makes them look like deranged bullies. You can’t figure out a better way to voice yourself, so you speak with weapons against the defenseless.

Like Craig Ferguson said last night, I am sick of this shit.

I was born in Boston. I have family there. It is the city my son is most likely to attend college this fall. I love Boston. People were running for charity. A child was killed and several injured. A 78 tear old man who was about to cross the finish line was knocked over. Over 100 people from the local runners club I just joined were in the race. A friend of my husband and his family were there. I’m a runner. I’m an American. I’m a human being. Damn right I’m taking this personally. I guess the bombers were successful in that regard.

I do understand one thing the perpetrators might be feeling: I am angry enough to want to hurt them. But I won’t be planting any bombs and sneaking away from the devastation.

Fear is a terrible thing, a terrible weapon to wield and it takes a cruel person to wield it. I may never qualify for the Boston Marathon, but I will run my races with them in my heart. And I’m thinking about watching the race in Boston from the sidelines next year. Bullies must not win.


8 thoughts on “Echoing Craig Ferguson

  1. tundrawoman says:

    I sincerely hope the asshole(s) responsible saw the people running TOWARDS the carnage to HELP, not running away in fear……..

  2. I thought you had probably blogged about this topic. You’re going to hate me for saying this….Of course, this is a terrible tragedy. It should never have happened, and I hope it never happens again. *But* as a non-American, I can’t stand the way the American media only ever focuses on the loss of life of its own citizens. There’s always this surprise, like, “How could this happen to *us*!”. I can’t help but think of all the innocent people whose lives are lost in the Middle East because of wars this country has started. *Every* life lost is a tragedy, and I just wish we would hear more about the ones in other countries.

    • Well, I can’t speak for how non-US media reports attacks in the country or how they report these kinds of events in America, but I would be surprised to find that they handle things too much differently — that is that they would tend to focus more on the tragedies closer to home. But I could be wrong.

      However, I agree that all senseless, violent deaths are equal. Perhaps I should take bombings of innocents in the Middle East as personally as I do the attack in Boston or the Sandy Hook shooting. I wouldn’t say I weigh these deaths as a greater tragedy, but emotionally they hit me harder.

  3. Sadly this brings back far too many memories of life in the UK during the 70s and 80s when the IRA used these techniques all the time. I was 400 yrds from the Stock Exchange bomb when that went off, my wife used to eat lunch in the Baltic Exchange which was a target, I sat for hours on trains all stopped as stations were bombed and a guy I knew to say hello to on the station was killed by one of them… in the UK you can’t find a litter bin on any station these days – that is why – it was a favourite tactic.

    You have to carry on – that is what beats them, they want fear to stop you doing things really if you just say – “Don’t matter I’ll carry on” it will eventually take away the wind in their sails… tough days. I stayed with my family once in a hotel a few yards from where the bombs went off in Boston and stayed there myself on several occasions when travelling through on business – so I know it well and it seems to mean more then.

    • I can’t imagine how awful it must’ve been to be in constant fear of a bombing. And you’re right that they want our fear to keep us paralyzed.

      I think the Boston Marathon will have even more spectators next year. And all the races held in the coming months are likely to give tribute. We’ll still carry on.

  4. You are right that fear can’t win. These tragedies happen around the world quite regularly and we aren’t immune to craziness. In fact, many would say that we started this craziness by messing about after oil in the Middle East. But that is another tragic story in and of itself. Keeping life as normal as possible helps for me and not listening to every news cast that keeps the sensation of events going.

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