I took this photo 48 hours — to almost the exact minute — before the Boston Marathon bombing. I then went home and added the quote over the image, with the intention to post it to this blog at some random time in the future.
Little did I know this photo and this quote would take on a whole new meaning two days later.
What on Saturday was an innocent picture of empty grandstands is now a photo of the second Boston Marathon bombing site.
What was a quote just about runners, now represents the incredible first responders, spectators, and marathoners that rushed to the sides of the injured, opened up their homes to the many stranded visitors, and did everything in their powers to help.
As a Bostonian and a marathon runner, it’s difficult for me to articulate the heartbreak I feel for the city, for the sport, for every single person affected by this tragedy.
Thankfully, it looks like everyone I know is physically OK, though it will take some time to heal the mental wounds. I myself had planned on taking pictures at the finish line from 2:30 to 3 p.m. but a last-minute construction fluke kept me home the entire afternoon — and very likely kept me out of harms way.
Today, I — along with so many others — try and make sense of all that occurred on April 15, 2013.
What was meant to be a day of celebration turned into one of the worst days imaginable. Things will never be the same in the city of Boston.
But I also know Boston will survive. Our marathon will survive. After nearly a decade living in this fantastic city, I know the strength, resilience, and heart of its people. As hard as it is to believe right now, we’re going to be OK. We’re going to get through it.
We are Boston.
- Bianca, contributing editor
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Our hearts go out to all the victims’ families and to all those affected by this horrible tragedy.