Maybe I wasn’t born here but I have lived here in Arlington, Cambridge, Winchester, and Lexington since 1980. Maybe I haven’t lived in Boston but I have worked in Boston. Maybe I haven’t run the marathon but I have been at the finish line to congratulate the runners. When people ask me where I am from, I say, “Boston.”
So what happened yesterday on Patriot’s Day at the Boston Marathon tore at my heart. This is my town and things like this shouldn’t happen here, but it did. We may have been knocked down but we will rise back up. After all, this is Boston. Our race is unfinished, and we will be back at the starting line next year. For a wonderful perspective and to learn why “Joy to all” could be the unofficial motto of the marathon, I suggest this wonderful article by Hugh Eakin.
As they say, Keep Calm and Love Boston.