Good morning, friends. As most of you know, I'm from Massachusetts. It's a small state and if you're from MA, you're from Boston. The bombings on Monday at the Boston Marathon hit me hard, harder than these things normally do. Which is hard. And it's sad that I actually have a standard by which to judge these things. *sigh* It's been a tough couple of days, and I just wanted to say that my thoughts are with everyone in my home state and throughout the entire country.
Anyway, my daughter (who turns 18 next week) is in Massachusetts with my family. I can hardly even put into words how awful it feels to be so far away from her right now. From everyone I love. It's more than just missing them, it's a physical ache. I hate it. I don't think I've missed my family, friends, and hometown this much since I moved out here. I am heading there for a visit from May 7 until May 16, bringing my daughter back home with me, and it just seems so far away.
I couldn't even write a blog post yesterday, I didn't know what to say. Because so many thoughts and emotions go through you at a time like this - anger, shock, sadness, more anger... and I sure do love my social media, but man. People just think that they have a right to say anything at all - to anyone at all. And I guess they do have the right - but maybe they should also use a teeny, tiny bit of common sense, no? I'm absolutely 100% sure that being hateful and spouting negativity are not going to make anything better. If anything, they make things worse. I'm extremely sensitive and emotional, I cry a lot because I feel things very deeply. But I still try really hard to be positive, to focus on all of the beautiful and wonderful things instead of the terrifying and horrible things. So you won't find me posting anything but helpful information and uplifting stories. It's a small act, but it's something I feel very strongly about and I believe it makes a difference. Imagine if we ALL did that - refused to help spread the hate, but only spread the good, positive stories and pictures? I don't know if it will make a difference, but it sure does help me sleep at night.
I'm sending you all a big hug. Because we're Americans, and things like state lines, religions, economical classes - they just don't matter when tragedies happen. We're all Bostonians. Just like we were all New Yorkers when 9/11 happened. And by the way, New York, thank you for playing our Sweet Caroline after the 3rd inning last night - so classy. And thank you, Chicago, for posting this on the front page of one of your newspapers Tuesday morning:
Yes, we're all Boston. And it doesn't matter if I'm living right next door or 3000 miles away, I'll always be Boston. Thank you for your support, everyone. Please pray for peace and love and send positive energy to those who need it.
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Stay safe, my friends. Peace.