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Reactions to the Boston Marathon Bombings

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Yesterday I was driving home from Anacortes after a very pleasant weekend with my son and his daughters. The traffic was flowing very smoothly and I was listening to the radio, (NPR). I heard the first announcements about the bombs at the Boston Marathon. I found myself weeping. My reaction was so intense it surprised me. I hadn't seen a picture so that reaction was strictly visceral.

I am inclined to react with intensity to any event that triggers an emotional reaction, but my feelings yesterday were influenced by the time I spent in Boston after my daughter's graduation from college. She encouraged me to walk all over the city. So now, twenty-eight years later, the memories I have of Boston are still very clear.

As the announcers talked of the events in Boston, I could easily bring to mind my mental pictures of the area being discussed. I am quite accustomed to listening to the radio as I drive and since I do not watch television my mind forms pictures very easily. I could see the carnage. I could feel the shock and the pain of the persons involved.

My training as a firefighter led me to picture the activities of the police, firefighters and others at the scene. I knew what was happening because I've been involved in similar situations, though certainly not as horrible. My emotional reaction surprised me since one of the parts of my training involves turning off your emotions and handling the job at hand. Now, I can understand that having no need to do that I was able to feel the intensity not allowed at other times.

I made that drive in just under three hours, a record for driving that distance and through the east side of the Seattle metro-plex. I don't believe I've ever made a faster drive. I find that I am able to relive many parts of the drive. I think my awareness of the events around me was heightened because I was feeling with such intensity.

I find myself wondering about the why's of my reactions. I think I have "witnessed" so many events of great emotional intensity. My father fell through the ice on the river where we were skating when I was a very young child and I remember that incident very clearly. I remember the day that Pearl Harbor was bombed and the feelings that surrounded me as I observed my grandparents as we waited for the announcement that Japan had surrendered. I think my reactions to the tragedy in Boston were influenced by my lifetime of memories and the emotions that surrounded the events of my times.

I wonder how many of the other listeners yesterday were equally reminded of long past events? How does our past influence our current emotions? How are our perceptions of now changed by our previous observance?

I am very concerned for the children who were injured in Boston. Those who lost limbs are in my thoughts. How will their lives be changed by their involvement? How many of them will take on those events as a challenge and how many will be defeated? There are so many questions racing through my mind. I think I need to take more time to reflect.
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    Thank you for sharing. I has helped to bring me closure on that horrific event.
    3021 days ago
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    Judy, I reacted by crying and praying for all the people of Boston and what they were going through. I grew up in Massachusetts and went to Junior College in Boston and graduated some 44 years ago from Jr. College. I also worked in Boston. So my heart goes out to all of them.
    3025 days ago
    I understand how your mind flooded with so many memories, Judy. And what kind of depraved mind does the perpetrator have? You certainly are a sharp contrast. We pray for these dear people that experienced such a hateful crime. emoticon
    3027 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    Judy, you express your feelings in such a way that shows you are a caring, sensitive woman. Thank you so much for sharing with us.
    My heart goes out to all affected by yesterday's bombings, such a senseless thing for someone to do to others!
    3028 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feeling.

    Prayers for the Runners and their Families, and the People and City of Boston.
    3028 days ago
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    May God be with everyone of the affected. emoticon
    3028 days ago
    emoticon Thank you for sharing your feelings about this very sad situation in Boston! I have never been there, but my heart grieves for everyone that was affected by this tragedy! God gives us the strength every day to pull through overwhelming situations in our lives! He is my rock every day! Vic, what you said about what God told his disciples is very true! He always will be with us no matter what! I pray that God gives each and every person affected the strength to go on and do the job at hand, but to know it's ok to be normal and to show emotions if they need to! emoticon
    3028 days ago
  • MJRVIC2000
    Jesus told His disciples in the Last Supper, before He was arrested and crucified, to "do this in remembrance of me". God Bless YOU!! Vic.
    3028 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! My thoughts and prayers go out to all effected by this horrific event!
    3028 days ago
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