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The Marathon Hits Home

Our company, Care.com is based in Waltham, MA, 11 miles outside of Boston. And while this day was not a holiday for our internationally-based group, many of our employees took the day off to celebrate – and cheer for our two employees, Jill and Morgan who were running their first marathon. (Sadly and scarily, a few of our "Care.com family" found themselves near the blasts at the finish line, but fortunately, they are safe and unharmed.)

Now, the whole idea of "celebrating a marathon" is a unique idea to many who live outside of marathon routes. But it is one that Bostonians grow up with. It is a state holiday, Patriots Day, when we commemorate the American Revolution. And with the weather getting warmer and pulling us out of a tough New England winter, this is a day of celebration and rejoice.

And then there are the runners. Boston is one of the toughest courses to qualify for, so many of the runners race as part of a charity. They are there supporting a cause, running because they raised thousands of dollars. Hoping this money will save more people. Sweating, aching, and pounding the 26.2 miles of pavement for people who are truly suffering.

So it makes sense that on a state-wide holiday when the weather starts to get warmer, and you are excited to celebrate spring, people along the multi-town course go out and cheer. Runners often wear their names – or the names of people who they are running for – on their shirts. And together with your kids, you can cheer for total strangers to achieve something they set their heart, mind and body to.

So when I say there are no words, it is more that I, like most of you, am tongue-tied.  I am overcome with sadness for the families affected, the ones who are suffering from loss and pain. The ones who will never be the same after what they saw, felt and experienced. And I find it very tragic that the people responsible would want to cause harm to innocent people.

I am left thoughtful and in prayer for those who have suffered and lost love ones. But we also need to find a way to help our great city of Boston. We will get our marathon spirit back. We will continue to cherish our neighbors. We will rally and cheer in the face of terror.

We need to be there for our loved ones and our community.

Please, feel free to share your stories and your notes below.


P.S. This is a good piece about talking to kids about violence.

April 29, 2013

Sheila, I realize this is a late comment as I have not been on here for sometime since I have a job and thankfully got it through Care.com. The day of the marathon I got a text from my x husband whom I am good friends with since we share custody of our two children of this horrific tragedy while working. My first thought was "Oh GOD my brother!" My brother Bo runs marathons and had run a Boston marathon in the past. I text my sister and sure enough he was a participant in this last marathon in Boston. Not hearing back from him since crossing the finish line as his wife described was excruciating and dreadfulfor all of us. It so happened he crossed the finish line 30 minutes prior to the explosions to later explain from his hotel room. However, my heart and prayers are with the families who are suffering their losses and wounds from these twisted individuals who caused their pain. Mary

Carolyn in Tucson, AZ
April 28, 2013

As a former resident of Quincy, MA with relatives in and around the Boston Area, I was heartbroken for all involved in this senseless act of violence. Luckily my relatives are fine, but shaken. Bostonians are a rare bred of humanity...Patriots in the true sense with the ability to pick themselves up and continue. Just the bravery of ALL that acted to help on that day (and beyond) reveals their strength and compassion. THANK YOU ALL! Please remember there are many victims of senseless violence around the world. I remember that I am gateful to live peacefully in the USA. I only hope the rest of the world can find that same peace. Pray for PEACE!

April 27, 2013

My dad ran in Boston last year. Boston during the marathon was one of the most fun and happiest placesI had ever been in. The people of Boston were so patriotic and supportive. And Boston itself was so beautiful. It just breaks my heart that these bombers had to ruin such a joyous tradition. I have a feeling it may take a while for the Boston marathon to get back to the way it was in the past. My prayers go out to all those affected.

April 26, 2013

Sheila, Thank you for you thoughts of compassion to the victims of the bombings and the capture of the two bombers. It was a very long week. I feel as if I am still recovering emotionally. No one in my family was hurt, thankfully. However, my youngest son, 25, was at a club on Mass Ave in Cambridge from late Thursday evening to Friday morning, when the shooting happened at MIT and the car chase to Watertown. I knew nothing about any of this until I awoke Friday AM. My oldest son lives in Allston, so I was very concerned for him on Friday. My daughter lives in Watertown, in the neighborhood, houses away from the gun battle and bombs of early Friday morning, through the manhunt, all the way to the capture of White Hat on Friday PM. Talk about nerve wracking. She was interviewed on 48 Hours. My cousin, a Boston PD Detective, was working the Finish Line, and her husband, also a Boston PD Detective, couldn't reach her and was frantic. She was fine, just too busy helping out. Thank you to everyone who helped the wounded and disoriented!!! Boston Rocks, we showed our true colors. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who suffered from this heinous act.

April 23, 2013

I am a Bostonian, born there and lived there my first 22 years so this tragedy has hit home. If I could say something to the survivors and the people's families that were killed I would say my heart goes out to you and my thoughts are with you. Be as strong as you can be and try to remember the good in the people that tried to help. I can only hope that Boston gets due justice.

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