Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Today we pick up the pieces.

Today we continue to pray for the victims and their families.

Today we continue to thank the first responders.

Today we start to move forward.

Today we focus on the good. There is so much good. Amidst the sadness we need to look for the good.

Today we will praise the runners.  We will tell them good job.  They did it.  Even if they didn't get to finish.

Today we will thank the fundraisers.  Let's not forget the millions of dollars that were raised to help others.  This is good great AWESOME!

I love Boston (well if I'm being completely honest I dislike the winters in Boston but other than that).

Boston is a great city.  With great people.  And great sports!

I am proud to be a Bostonian.

Many of you have asked questions.  So here are some answers.

I live in Brighton which is part of Boston.  My apartment is 4 miles for the finish line.  I work in a suburb 20 minutes north of Boston.  I drive to and from work.  Things around the city are getting back to normal.  There was traffic and people were heading to work this morning.

The area being referred to as the crime scene is closed off to cars and people.  It is about a mile area in the Copley Square part of Back Bay.

It is currently April school vacation in MA.  So kids are off from school.

On a personal note - nobody I know was physically hurt by this tradegy.  I'm thankful for that.

On a professional note - I wish I worked at one of those Boston hospitals.  As a clinical social worker I was made to counsel people during tough times.  This is what I do.  This is where I thrive.  I feel a bit out of place being "here."  I will still help people today even though I'm not in the city.  People everywhere need support.

For those of you asking what you can do. . . 


It is as simple as that.

For those of you who are asking what to say to your children. . .

Keep it simple.  Let them lead the conversation.  Reassure them that they are safe.  Hug them.  Tight.

Here is a great article from PBS that might be helpful to you as well.

I love Boston.

There is so much more swirling in my head.  So much more to say yet nothing at the same time.  Senseless.  How do you make sense of hate?  For now I will try to focus all my swirling thoughts on good.  I hope you will too.


My two most favorite places in Boston are the Public Gardens and Fenway Park.  Sharing some of my favorite Boston memories with you.

I hope you will all visit Boston so you too can experience how amazing it is.


I'm linking up with Helene for Travel Tuesday.  Hoping you feel inspired to travel to Boston!!!!


  1. So thankful that you were ok. You sure work close to the finish line. It is nice to hear of Boston from a hometown girl

  2. I love your tribute to Boston.

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  3. Boston has always been on the top of my wish list, and hopefully soon I can make it there for a visit! I've always heard amazing things about it!

    Praying for Boston and its people!

  4. So glad you are okay. And you are right. All we can do is pray.

  5. It's impossible to put into words the sorrow from all of this. Why, just why? Having said that, I would like to visit Boston one day- it has always seem so beautiful to me.

    My Travel Tuesday Post

  6. Love you friend! I can't WAIT to visit Boston this summer. It's going to be so much fun!! :)

  7. Love this post. So glad that you and your loved ones are okay. This is such a tragedy. Despite all the hate in the world, yesterday, Boston showed us just how much good there is as well.

  8. A beautiful tribute, Jodi! So sorry your city has had to endure all this, but I have no doubt you all will come out stronger. Glad no one you personally know was affected. My husband and I visited Boston in Fall 2011. If it weren't for those winters, we would have considered moving up there!

  9. I am very glad you are ok. I tried to tell you yesterday but I couldn't get on your blog for some reason. You have my prayers. So does Boston. My mom is a counselor and after 9/11 she was called in from Dallas to help so my guess is, you will get to help. Good luck and God Bless!

  10. Beautiful post, Jodi! I'm proud to be a Bostonian too and it's surreal to see a terror attack mar our beautiful city.

  11. Such a great post! Boston is full of great people like you and you will show the world and whoever did this that you are strong, brave people!

    So glad you are OK :)