Today was a bad day for Boston and for our entire country. Today is Patriot's day and should have been a great day; especially in Boston where people from 96 countries gathered to run the 117th Boston Marathon, the oldest marathon in the United States. Details are still unfolding, but at least three people are dead and over a hundred wounded. There will be lots to say about who the bad guys are, what they did, why they did it and how they did it.
But there is also this; no one comes together in crisis quite like Americans. Say what you will about us; and much of it is true, as a country our society is plagued with problems large and small. But we are inherently good. Show me one terrorist with a bomb and I will show you a thousand Americans with hearts the size of bulldozers and the strength of character to match.
The 78 year old runner that was knocked down from the blast got back up and finished the race, he finished second in his division. On Twitter people in Boston were offering their homes to people who had become separated from their groups or were far from home or just confused as to where to go. Two veterans of the war in Afghanistan ran into the blast to help people and then when first responders showed up to take over they went to the hospital to donate blood. The Red Cross reports that blood supplies are full due to the generous donations of citizens.
Because that is what we do. We fall down, we get up, we look around and we see if anyone else needs help, we help them up. There are always going to be bad guys. Someone is always going to steal a wallet and some religious zealot is always going to try and blow something up. But we are more than that. There are always more good people than bad and on a sad day like today it is worth remembering.
When explaining today's events to my children I am going to rely on two people, both much smarter than myself; Mr. Rogers and his mother.
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"
It is true. Turn on the news and you will not see the bad guys, the bad guys are hiding, the bad guys are cowards. What you will see are the helpers. You will see helpers everywhere. God bless the helpers, God bless the victims and God bless Boston.