I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your thoughtful expressions regarding the insidious Boston Marathon tragedy. Your candid sharing of personal interests and your emotional experience help me to better understand what it's like closer to ground zero. So many of us in the Philadelphia area and cities throughout America feel particularly helpless, saddened, frustrated and even outraged by this heinous cowardly act. We'd like to do more starting with our thoughts and prayers. Your exhortation to avoid quick judgment and not to impulsively apportion blame are spot-on. The "truth" will typically emerge in time and does set those free those who are willing to embrace it.
When I saw the pictures of Little Martin holding his recent First Holy Communion Banner it moved me from shock and disbelief(to instant tears) driving it all more deeply home to me. Your article has similarly achieved this... bringing a depth of clarity, empathy and understanding from your poignant insights. Your ability to integrate your many thoughts and concerns from the perspective of a resident and educator are both thought provoking and truly appreciated.
Our country is, perhaps, more divided along ideological lines than ever before in my lifetime. Now, more than ever, we need to reach across the great divide of "Liberal versus Conservative", pro-life versus pro-choice, R versus D; and band together again as "Americans" in helping both Boston and our country to heal. After 9-11-2001 we vowed "We shall never forget (all lessons learned)"... I'm not so sure we didn't? It's time to revisit and remember all we learned from 9-11, coupled with this tragedy and move forward together. My hope and prayer is that through an unspeakable tragedy such as this, a greater sense of tolerance and unity will ultimately re-emerge. We have to get back to the "common good"... right now Boston, Massachusetts is where we can immediately start as a model template for America in general.
Thank you again, Nancy and please keep up your critically important work with young Americans in the true spirit of "diversity" that should inspire all of us. My prayers are especially for healing and recovery to all those so greatly affected by this tragedy. We are Americans and will NEVER quit fighting to overcome evil and injustice - and we shall overcome!
May God bless you... May God bless Boston.. May God bless America!
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