On the way to work Monday, people on the radio were talking about the Boston Marathon. I am not a runner myself, so I don’t usually know when marathons occur, but I remember one competitor saying how the weather today couldn’t be more perfect.
As we all know by now, Monday’s Boston Marathon was anything but perfect. Two bombs went off near the finish line. Three are dead, including an 8-year-old boy, and almost 150 are injured, some of them critically. Once again, our country is in mourning for the loss of innocent lives.
I suppose it is selfish, but after I heard this news, one of my first thoughts was “My God, what type of world is my son going to grow up in?” Some person or group of people intentionally set out to hurt or kill people today. My son is also 8-years-olds and I cannot imagine the anguish and grief the mother of the victim is feeling.
However, after I gave it more thought, I realized that every generation had had to go through its own bad times. The world is a different place today from when I was a child. It is changing and the same Internet that bombards us constantly with bad news from all over the world is also the same Internet that helps us know immediately through texting, Facebook, and Twitter if our loved ones are safe after a tragedy.
I also thought of my deceased grandmother. She was born in 1925 and I wondered if her mother feared for her future. After all, the First World War had just ended, the Great Depression followed quickly after that and surely, the world was a scary place. Then, I realized that my grandmother gave birth to my dad in September 1941. That meant he was just a few months old when Pearl Harbor happened. Did my grandmother wonder if the world was going completely crazy?
As Americans, we often make ourselves vulnerable to those meaning to do us harm in the pursuit of happiness. We love to attend crowded events such as baseball games, attend carnivals, and go to concerts. It’s almost as if the bad people are jealous of our joy in living a good life and seek to destroy that. And, it is almost impossible to truly stop anyone hell bent on hurting people.
Yes, just as good has always been around, bad has always been around too, but life continues, even after bad times. After 9/11, people mourned, but as soon as they could, they started flying again. After the Aurora, Colorado shooting at a movie theater, people still gathered in packed theaters to see movies. Despite the Sandy Hook shooting just a mere four months ago, people continue to send children to school every day.
The sun will shine again in Boston. There will always be sorrow over Monday’s tragedy, but I can guarantee you that next year, there will be a Boston Marathon. There may be more security, there may be some apprehension, but it will be because Americans refuse to let bad prevail. We always have and we always will and with that thought, I can rest a little easier knowing that my son’s future may include some tragedy, but he will overcome it.