This week witnessed the terrible bombing at a sporting event – the revered Boston Marathon of all things! We witnessed it over and over and over on TV.

America once again felt the rare carnage, one that unfortunately some countries in other parts of the world take as their normal.

Americans reacted with shock and grief as innocent people lost lives and limbs. It was a major tragedy, anyway you looked at it.

But here’s something that I and so many people saw clearly in this tragedy.

After the first bomb exploded, what would you expect the reaction of the rest of the people who were around there would be? To run for cover, of course. That would be the normal reaction.

Here’s what I saw instead.

Rather than everyone running for cover at the sight and sound of that horrific explosion, some people there started running towards the explosions, both after the first and second bomb went off.

They ran towards it to help the wounded and the dying. To me, that was an amazing, heroic act of selflessness and  – so moving to see.

May the resilience and the compassion of the people of this great city help it heal!

See this video, Heroes Emerge at Boston Marathon Explosion Site.


“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.” 

― Fred Rogers



Posted on April 22, 2013, in Back in US, tragedy, United States, US and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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