Today was an unforgettably sad day for Boston and the country. It is obviously so much bigger than me - and I am nobody to sum it up, but here are my scattered thoughts at the end of the day:
Prayers to the victims today. To all of the family and friends of those effected. I am so sorry.
Doing the radio show tonight I heard the full spectrum of feelings going on right now. Lots of sadness, shock, anger, and compassion going on. Lots of confusion and love for the first responders who showed no fear and did whatever they could to help out.
To many being there or seeing the coverage showing pictures of places we all know so well and have been to so many times is very surreal - random and terrible.
On the phones tonight there was so much support for Boston and it's residents - calls from Florida, Utah, the Western-most point of Canada - that all felt the same as us. People who had been crying all day, wondering how anybody could do something like this.
As I walked around the town today before I went on the air I noticed something in strangers eyes. Where normally there would be nothing between two strangers passing in the street, today there was something else. In a head nod and a quick "hi" I got this sense that we're all in this together, that we all understand how inconceivably wrong what happened today is, and that we're all a community that was tragically effected by whatever person or group did this to us.
Prayers to the victims, to those injured, and to those who passed. Prayers to their families and friends too. I hope to God that nothing like this ever happens again. I'm kind of ashamed to say that I rushed home at the end of my shift tonight and hugged and kissed my family while they slept. It shouldn't take tragedy to make me do that.
My best to all of you.