Living so close to the city of Boston, and having family and friends that live, work and go to school in the city, the bombings that occurred Monday during the Boston Marathon hit close to my families hearts and had us very worried for most of the day trying to get in touch with people we knew running in the race and nieces, nephews and cousins who attend a few of the colleges in the city. Luckily after many phone calls and text attempts we were able to get in touch with everyone, and they were all safe. There is not much to say about these bombings other than how tragic this event really is. An event like the Boston Marathon which is one of the world's oldest annually held marathon's and with all of its prestige and popularity ranks as one of the world's best known road running events, is now tarnished due to the heartless acts of others. In a day and age after 9/11 and events such as the Colorado movie theater shooting and the Newtown shootings, Americans are already on edge and nervous as to what could be next. No one should have to live this way, wondering what may happen next if all of these kinds of horrific things keeping popping up. Not only do these events force us to lose loved ones and make us constantly feel uneasy but they also take away our overall feeling of freedom and our piece of mind. My thoughts and prays go out to everyone who was affected by this tragic event. Times like these put everything into perspective, life is too short and precious to not live it fully. Each day take the time to appreciate everything life has to offer, smile, have fun, tell people close to you that you love them because with a flip of a switch everything could be gone.
Many MLB teams paid tribute to Boston by having moments of silence and playing "Sweet Caroline" a favorite at Fenway during their games. The city of Chicago posted this as the front page of their paper:
Our rival Yankees hung a banner outside of the stadium with each team's logos and the phrase "United We Stand" on it while some Yankees fans took it upon themselves to pay their own tribute to the Boston Bombings:
Make the most of this great day today!