“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

I saw the eclipse early this morning but not the red moon. I went on the deck, but the tree branches hid the moon so I watched from my upstairs bathroom window. Neither Fern nor Gracie who were sleeping on my bed cared. They just got more comfortable.

It was a rainy grey morning, but the sun is now struggling to come out and the day is brightening. The cold, though, will be back and the next few nights will be in the 30’s. I don’t care as long as it doesn’t snow.

The Boston Marathon bombings were one year ago today. All three local networks are dedicating their programming to the events of that day and the year since then. The most poignant event was earlier this morning when a wreath was hung at the site of the first bomb. Henry and Jane Richard hung the wreath. Their brother Martin died at that spot and Jane, who’s now an eight year old, lost her leg. A police honor guard now stands beside that wreath and another honor guard stands beside the other wreath at the site of the second bombing. Interviews of survivors show their amazing strength and resilience. Many lost limbs. One who did is dancing again. Many runners, some running for the first time, are dedicating next week’s marathon to raising funds in honor of the victims. What continues to amaze me about the event is the total lack of empty rhetoric. People never ranted for vengeance. They spoke of solace and hope, of being united and of putting their grief into something positive. Survivors spoke of their pain and proudly described their progress. I watched a woman who lost both legs run for the first time in rehab on her new running prosthetics. Next Monday just as they always have the runners will start from Hopkinton, they will struggle up heartbreak hill and almost sprint when the finish line comes into view. They will hear the cheering crowds who applaud and encourage every runner. This marathon is special in its sameness.

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12 Comments on ““Nobody can hurt me without my permission.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Remembrances today for those at the Boston Marathon and for the 96 that perished at Hillsborough, 25 years ago. Fenway Sports owns Liverpool Football Club who today reflect on those that were lost. Those families suffered for years as the Sheffield Police lied about what happened that day. It was the catalyst for all seater stadiums in England and the elimination of the hooliganism that plagued the game for so long.

    In Detroit, it snowed, we knew it would. We cruised past the all time snow record set in 1880 and established a new high bar at 94.8″. I am glad that I am not heading for Comerica for the first game tonight with the Indians. The snow does put me in mind for the Red Wings and the Bruins series that starts on Friday

    The KTCC Family knew that you worked the marathon and there was a great sense of relief that you were safe.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I remember the horror of those 96 deaths, but I didn’t realize how important the afterwards has been to the sport.

      Applause!!! A new record-wow!!

      Even though I don’t follow the Bruins too faithfully I to am looking forward to that series. The Bruins have been tremendous this season.

      Last year my back prevented me from working the Marathon. I was glad I was safe but felt so sorry for those who weren’t. I knew what a tremendous day that is in Boston.

      • Hedley Says:

        Hillsborough made the sport stop and decide that no longer would the English Leagues tolerate terracing as a way to accommodate supporters.

        I am very much a child of the terraces and it was awful. No facilities, no protection from the elements and crash barriers to prevent you cascading all the way down the steps.

        The clubs were forced to modernize their facilities, protect their fans and offer a family friendly environment. Murdoch wanted the product to sell Sky subscription TV and the juggernaut that is the English Premier League was born.

        For your amusement, there is a match scheduled in Ann Arbor on August 2nd between Real Madrid and Manchester United, with tickets priced from $45 to $250. It is part of a pre season friendly tournament – it sold out 110,000 tickets on the first day of the general sale.

      • katry Says:

        I was horrified by the violence which happened at a game, but I didn’t realize how passionate fans are for their teams. I know that now.

        I’m glad those changes were made and that fans are now safe.

        The quick sell-out tells me how far soccer has come in this country. I remember going to a new high school when we moved to the cape. The school had a soccer team, the first I ever knew with one. Now there are soccer leagues starting with kids at 4 or 5. Amazing!

  2. olof1 Says:

    I didn’t see the eclipse because it happened when I was working and they said the moon would be soo close to the horizon that it would be hard to see it anyway, there will be three more times this year I’ve read so we still have the chance 🙂

    I’ve never unbderstood what those maniacs thought they would achieve with those bombs?

    Over here we have more problems with soccer suporters, two weeks ago the “fans” of one team killed a fan of theother before a match, unfortunately this wasn’t the first time and I’m afraid it won’t be the last. I do hope everything will go well this year at the Boston Marathon.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      It was viewable all over the country here. Luckily the sky cleared in time for me to see it.

      I don’t understand either. I guess it was just killing for the sake of killing all in the name of radical Islam.

      That’s awful that sports and team rivalries resulted in killing.

      I believe that all will be well next Monday.

      Have a great evening!

  3. Mark Clark Says:

    A young teacher from our county seat (Towson MD) lost her leg but will be there at this year’s race to cheer her mom on. She has made a remarkable recovery, but oh, how I wish the whole thing never happened…blessings to you all in NE.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Mark

      It is amazing at how resilient these survivors are, some double amputees. Some relay walked the race today. One group had two brothers each of whom lost one leg. They were doing 6 miles of the relay. Unbelievable!!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    No blood moon here last night. The clouds were thick and have stayed that way all day except for a tiny window of lighter clouds. The wind has been howling all day as well. Now the rain is coming down sideways. The weather app on my phone insisted that thunder would continue and kept changing the time that it would continue from. No thunder.

    My friend Lisa is running this year. She didn’t run last year but was there with her youngest son. They weren’t close enough to the finish to see or hear much but were still caught up in the general confusion. It took awhile before she could contact people to let them know that they were okay. I think she finally did it through Facebook.

    I’m still hobbling but I did manage some dishes and a bit of cooking. And I went outside with Rocky for a teeny stroll down the sidewalk to check out the quince. It’s got buds. I’m glad it made it through the winter.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      The wind started howling last night and continued today. This morning I noticed a white something way in the back of the yard. Come to find out it had been on the porch and blown the length of the yard.

      We had our rain this morning, and it stayed dry all afternoon.

      There are 36,000 runners this year. That is amazing. I used to work a water station and couldn’t believe the number of runners back then. This year it sounds staggering.

      Glad to hear you continue to mend. Be careful-don’t overdo!

      Have a great evening!!

  5. flyboybob Says:

    I slept through the red moon event although the sky was clear and the night was cold. There are too many pictures on the internet to interrupt a good night’s sleep.

    The terrorists only win when we allow there actions to change our way of life. I don’t know why anyone feels that violence against innocent civilians will accomplish any political aim. Their fate should be that of the sixth 9/11 high jacker who is spending the rest of his life in solitary confinement in the Super Max prison in Colorado. Execution is too good for those who commit terror.

    Boston strong!

    • katry Says:

      I like to see stuff like eclipses and meteors up close, sort of, and personal. It was cool to watch the moon slowly disappear.

      The trial supposedly will be in November. Many people agree with you: execution is too easy. This state does not have the death penalty, but the federal government does and may step in and take over for the trial. I don’t know what they thought they’d accomplish.

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