Patriot’s Day

April 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

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My thoughts are many miles from me tonight as I turn in in Berlin. I’m sending all love and prayers to this shining city by the water.

It’s strange to be away when terrible things happen at home. I feel in a frenzy for communication, a frenzy to help in some way, a frenzy to be back. All there is to do here is scurry around for information and assurances from loved ones, some pieces of which settle (friends safe, friends safe), and the rest of which create confusion and dread. I am so grateful to have my best friend visiting today. We spring from the same soil and our context runs so deep. She feels powerless and worried, too.

The wifi in my apartment is frustrating enough on a good day and torturous on a bad one, when live-feeds online are a lifeline. We went to the only cafe which stays open 24 hours and offers free wi-fi — appropriately enough called Cafe Belmont.

We were the two non-regulars on the night-shift, tucked into a corner near the ashtrays and potted plants, leaning in to the computer to listen to our president, our governor, our family and friends.

“Boston is a tough, resilient town. So are its people. I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, and take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city.” We take some comfort in what we heard, because what was said is true.

Boston, you’re my home. Stay safe and strong in spirit. Take care of each other. Marathon on.

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