“The sadness of the world has different ways of getting to people, but it seems to succeed almost every time.”

I am now thankful for my painful back. For weeks I have been cursing when I walk or move in the wrong direction, and yesterday morning I was unhappy at not working the marathon as it is something I enjoy doing every year. Now I feel blessed. I would have been right near where the first explosion occurred, right down the street from it.

In no way can I understand why yesterday’s events at the marathon happened. Patriot’s Day is a legal holiday in Massachusetts and the whole day is a celebration. It starts with the nighttime ride of Paul Revere, who this time is escorted by the state police, warning about the British coming. At 5:30 in the morning a reenactment begins on Lexington Green and another after that at Concord Bridge. At 11, the Sox play every year. The marathon is an all day event as runners cross the finish line sometimes as late as 7. Copley Square is the end of the race where the crowds wait, where the bleachers are and the VIP seats. The crowd is sometimes 5 or 6 people deep. Volunteers work the scene in all different ways identified by their colored jackets. Some stand on the street and just applaud and congratulate the runners. Many are in the medical tent and some have a wheel chair as their responsibility, and they walk the area with it in case a runner needs help.

I will never understand the mind which planned and carried out the bombings. An 8-year-old boy died. What sort of person finds satisfaction in the death of anyone let alone a small child. I wonder if the bomber is sitting in front of his TV watching the aftermath and enjoying his work. I so want this person found.

Miss Gracie and I will while away the day today. We will take a ride. It’s sunny and the sky is blue. I want to see the stirrings of spring on Cape Cod, stop for lunch somewhere and maybe take a few pictures. I want to see the ocean. I want to hear music on the radio. For a little while, I want some distance from this horrific event.

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21 Comments on ““The sadness of the world has different ways of getting to people, but it seems to succeed almost every time.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m thinking it’s time to turn off the news and do something else for a while. It was strange enough yesterday but it’s getting even stranger now.
    The weather is beautiful. A ride somewhere interesting sounds like the perfect thing to do.
    Have a good day.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I agree about a ride with Gracie. I’ll listen to music, not NPR.

      Last night I watched a new science fiction program called Defiance to take a break from the news. I needed to do that.

      Have a good day yourself!!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Unbelievable. How can people have so much hate to bomb such a joyful event?
    Does the photo show Copley Square?
    Have a nice and peaceful day!

    • Kat Says:

      Birgit,
      I don’t know the answer and probably never will. Yes, that building is the Boston Public Library.

      Thanks! I just took a nap with Gracie and Fern. It was delightful!

  3. herb rice Says:

    Hi Kit

    glad you were safely away from the marathon.Two of my daughters live in newton and one was a spectator only two blocks from the blast. Cell phone service was off so I could not reach either. It has never crossed my mind that such an event would occur in boston.

    hope you back is better soon

    herb rice

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Herb,
      It never crossed my mind either. Boston is more like a town than a city, and I can’t imagine it was a target.

      Thanks on the back!!

  4. olof1 Says:

    I found out about the bomb early this morning when reading a comment in my blog. At that moment I was so happy that You have a crappy back and couldn’t go to the marathon! Now I hope Your back will be better quickly.

    I can’t understand how someone can think this is a great idea? I mean a thing like this won’t help their caus if they have any?! Like You I want this person, these persons caught and punished!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      I was really happy for my bad back for the first time ever! Tday it is not so good. I just moaned and groaned my way down the stairs.

      I can’t imagine why this would happen.

  5. Bob Says:

    People who are in their right mind can’t fathom doing something as heinous as yesterday’s bombings. Those who would do these things are not in their right minds. I can’t imagine how attacks on ordinary citizens can help move any political, religious or ethnic movement forward.

    This evening here in Toronto is gorgeous with sunny skies temperature about 14 C (when in Rome) with a stiff breeze.

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      I can’t even begin to imagine who perpetrated this heinous event and just as you’ve written, why they did as it doesn’t further a single cause. One of the victims is a little boy. I can’t fathom that.

      It is chilly right now but it was okay in the afternoon. The week is supposed to keep getting warmer.

  6. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    I decided not to watch or pay attention to this horrific event, till they investigate it more. I was so grateful that my cousin who lives near Boston, sent an email with pictures letting us know that they were fine. They do participate in the race, and I was really worried.

    My back has become worse, so I can take a walk, ( it was a nice spring day) but I have to put ice on it for 20 minutes every hour.

    I am saddened by the recent events, and I hope they will catch whomever did this.

    Waving,
    Lori

    • Kat Says:

      Lori,
      How far did your cousin get in the race? Did your cousin finish or was he/she stopped before the end? It seems that none of the runners were hurt except a few fell from from the blast concussion. The spectators were the ones to whom the greatest damage was done.

      My back is only so so. The mornings are the best then daytime isn’t too great. I had a bad day today.

      I too hope they catch the SOB who did this. As the FBI guy said somebody knows who this is.

  7. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    The message I received from my cousin is ” We were all on Comm. Ave today at mile 20 and also had friends running who are okay. Counting our many blessings tonight! ” I’m still counting.

    Waving,
    Lori

  8. splendid Says:

    I am so happy you are safe Kat. We will never know what desperation motivated this. We must focus on the heros and the good in people. I refuse to watch TV or read anything about this tragedy. It is time for healing and focusing on the good in this world, there are plenty who will dwell on the bad. Sending love and joy to all the Coffee fans; let us enjoy our days and appreciate our blessings.xoxox

    • Kat Says:

      splendid,
      The good in people was so evident when this happened. Within 2 minutes doctors, medics, and other first responders were on the scene. Within 15 minutes the injured had been triaged and sent on an ambulance or to the medical tent.

      The blessings get lost sometimes so we need to dig deep to remember how blessed we really are!

  9. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Kat,

    Glad you are ok…

    I agree wholeheartedly with splendid. Now is the time to focus on the good and not the bad in the world…

    Hugs from Jersey…

    Coleen


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