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Boston, You're My Home

I grew up in the Boston area, and only live an hour away now.  Yes, I grew up with the Boston accent, and worked hard all my life to learn to pronounce my Rs.  (Besides teaching phonics, I have done a lot of acting, and can't have an accent, unless I'm playing a character with a specific accent!)

My daughter is attending college in Boston and living in the city.  Although I'm not a runner, and do manage to avoid the city when there's a crowd expected, I've always been proud of my local city and their biggest yearly event that bring thousands of visitors each year together in peace.  All the local news stations feature the Marathon each year, and every year I'm amazed at how they keep track of thousands of runners from all over the world.

I always hear all about the preparations and the excitement in the morning before work, and don't think about it all day until I get home from work.

Today as I was leaving work, I found a text on my phone... "Mom, I'm at home writing a paper, I'm safe."  Then I got home and realized what happened.

I'll never understand the mentality of people who intentionally hurt other people.  Wanting to hurt strangers is even more difficult to understand.

I keep trying to believe that people are good.  I've seen that happening on the news today in shots of people helping injured.  I want to know how I can help.

Here's what I've come up with:

  1. Give blood.  They can always use blood.  (I used to give blood all the time.  They won't take my blood now, due to certain medications I'm on since I had a stroke.)
  2. Look for opportunities to show Acts of Kindness.  
  3. Celebrate the first responders, the true Patriots on Patriots day.
  4. Stand together as a country.  Wave your flags.  Sing patriotic songs.  Accept differences.
  5. Celebrate my favorite city:  Boston!  We are a strong, passionate people... we won't let this bring us down!
Here are a couple of ways to celebrate:

A video... this song is a classic to Bostonians (as you can see by the title of this post!)

And some great children's literature!



  1. Sally,
    Your beautiful city of Boston is in my prayers tonight! So sad!! I am glad your daughter is safe!
    Mrs. Stoltenberg's Second Grade Class

  2. From Australia - I am devastated by this news. Your first responders are pure magic, the runners that went straight to hospitals to give blood are inspirational.

  3. My favorite song. My favorite city. Such a scary day yesterday. I'm so glad your daughter is safe.

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  4. Thankful that your daughter is safe, and that she thought to let you know so quickly. I'm with you- I'll never be able to understand what could draw someone to want to hurt anyone, but especially random strangers. What could you have against them? But I see some people who are questioning if there is really more good than evil in the world, and I keep reminding them that if they're not sure, they need to get out and be a part of making SURE there is more good out there. I'm thinking of you and your city.

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  5. Wonderful suggestions, and I love that you added some literature. I always look for a book when times get tough!

    Ms. BBZ: Integrated Learning in Second Grade

  6. Thank you for writing and sharing such a wonderful, thoughtful post today. You are in my thoughts.
    First Grade Carousel


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