The radio was on, but there was just continued speculation about what was happening. So we put on a music station instead. I drove down to Dedham and stopped at a few stores to handle errands that had been neglected for weeks. At one store, a radio was tuned to the news – the number of injured was rising. After receiving another notification from the hospital, I decided to head home.
We arrived home and immediately turned on the TV; the images were unreal. I could tell just by looking at some of the victims that their limbs were in bad shape. Who could have done this? Eventually, I had to stop watching and decided just to go to sleep.
The day was generally uneventful. An email broadcast from the hospital indicated we had treated 31 of the victims. With over 100 victims, it made me realize how fortunate the City of Boston is to have several world-class hospitals within a 10 mile radius. Something I think we often take for granted. Just as many of us take for granted how fortunate we are to live in this great nation, where we take pride in our freedoms and vigorously fight for our liberties.
Yet, for the past few days, some of those freedoms were stolen from us. Immediately after the explosions, people were evacuated from the area, told not to be in large crowds. Streets were cordoned off, bridges closed, buildings evacuated. And the fear – it has indeed been palpable. Every unattended bag or box is suspicious. Garages being searched, hospital entrances being closed due to concern about a nearby abandoned car.
I remain mindful that there are villages, towns, cities, and countries around the world that experience this type of constriction every day. Just recently, I watched a documentary about the children in Uganda who were sent away from their village every night for fear of being captured and conscripted into the LRA. I think of the families in Afghanistan that have lived with war everyday since 2001; over 10,000 lives lost. Or the women in India who are beaten, raped, and then ostracized if they attempt to seek justice.
~ Please keep the victims of the Boston Marathon explosion nd their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.