Today We Are All From Boston

I don’t like to get political here, as that is not the focus of this blog, but I did want to share my thoughts about the tragic events in Boston….

As an American I am angry that there was a terrorist attack on our soil, regardless if it was perpetrated by a foreign or domestic source.

As a human being I am both angry and deeply saddened by the loss of any life and the immense hurt of any innocent citizens, regardless if was perpetrated by a foreign or domestic source.

My heart aches for the families and friends of those who lost loved ones and were impacted by this senseless act of violence.  I cannot even begin to imagine the pain, anger and confusion that they are feeling, trying to cope with yesterday’s tragic events.

At this point, we still do not know who did this or why – and I believe that people shouldn’t jump to conclusions and go on a witch-hunt before we have all the facts.  However, even when we do have all the facts, I will never in my life understand any type of violence against the innocent.  It doesn’t matter if it’s in Boston, New York, Oklahoma City or Mogadishu, Afghanistan, Indonesia or Jerusalem – innocent people do not deserve this to ever happen to them.

Events such as yesterday are becoming all too common in our society.  Why?  How do I reassure my three-year old daughter that she’s safe when these tragedies keep happening?  How do I explain to my five-year old son as to why people want to hurt each other?

It’s a hard enough for parents to guide their children through life without having to explain a tragedy on top of it.  Children may be frightened and feel anxious.  However, children can cope more effectively with a tragedy/disaster when they feel they understand what is happening and what they can do to help protect themselves, family, and friends.   You should encourage your children to talk, validate their feelings and empower them by talking about safety plans.   The HealthyChildren.org website has some great guidelines:  Talking to Children About Disasters

I have, along with many other parents, have also taken comfort in the words of Mister Rogers, who  said, “When I was a boy, and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

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I watched all those runners, bystanders and first responders run to the scene moments after the explosions and I was comforted that there were people there willing and able to help. That’s what we have to keep doing, showing kindness and have the willingness to help each other instead of hurting and destroying each other.  It also has made It’s what I’ll be hoping for the rest of my life…

xo

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