It’s been quite a ride this parenting thing. It’s amazing to watch as they pick up new skills. The ability to smile, the ability to hold their own bottle. Our three month old just found his feet and his tongue. About one year ago, my 7 month old son discovered something new in the house though it had always been there. He discovered the television. He had seen it before, but only when positioned just so and with Baby Einstein on it. Never with the television shows aimed at the general audience.
If it was a few hours earlier, he would have seen the Red Sox hit a game winning double and Fenway park rock out “Dirty Water” by the Shandells. Unfortunately, it was the news covering the Boston Marathon Bombings. I’m sure he had no clue what he was watching and he’s already forgotten it. I haven’t.
A week later we had to drive to Children’s Hospital for the most minor of surgeries. We had the earliest appointment which had us up at 4AM. Normally, I wouldn’t have checked television or the internet, but for reason I did. The news was reporting that the Boston bombers were in a chase throwing bombs out their car. We didn’t know if the hospital would keep our appointment, but we went in anyway as if it was a typical day. The entire region got shut down for most of the day while the search for the Bomber went on in Watertown, the town where I got my first driver’s license. We weren’t allowed to leave the hospital for hours. At some point, they took pity on us and let us get back to our dog, but only after the police conducted a thorough search of our car.
I’m sure there are hundreds, maybe thousands affected by the bombings that wish they had such stories that barely can be described as inconvenient. Nonetheless that’s my story.
It’s hard to imagine a bright side from such a tragedy. However, I think tragedy brings out the best in people. It galvanized not just Boston, but all of New England. The manager of the Boston Red Sox gives credit to it helping them turn a last place team to World Series Champions. I have to watch this video every few weeks to remind myself that it really happened:
Even if you hate sports and the Red Sox the video is worth watching.
Today, thousands of people will run the Boston Marathon. It has always received some national coverage, but it has never been what it will be today. Every television station will cover it. Every newspaper will write about it. This blogger has written about it. As President Obama said last year at this time, “the world will return to this great American city to run harder than ever and to cheer even louder for the 118th Boston Marathon.”
Though I no longer live as close to the city as I used to, Boston you’re my home.