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A reflection: The week of April 15th
My snow bunnies on April 16, 2013

My snow bunnies on April 16, 2013

It’s been my experience as a stay-at-home-mom that some days pass like minutes and others pass like years. This week has felt like a little bit of both. Here in Fort Collins, we had a surprising spring storm. As a result, my little family was out of our regular routine due to school closures and house-bound days. When I’m at home more, I spend more time on the computer. This week was a rough week news-wise, and I was glued to the Google news feed.  I fell at the foot of any news about the bomb blast that terrorized spectators of the Boston Marathon and then the ensuing confrontation and capture of the alleged perpetrator of the attack.

What a week.

Almost 10 years ago, I spent nearly two years of my life living in Boston as a grad student. I have been back a few times to visit friends, and I still know many people who live in the area. I have so many fond memories of my time living there, and the impact has lingered: every once in a while on a bad hair day I’ll wear my Red Sox hat, a photo collage of Boston adorns a spot in my front foyer, and I occasionally sport some t-shirt or memorabilia of the school that I attended, Boston College. Truly, I don’t know anyone who has spent time in Boston as traveller or extended-visitor like myself that hasn’t fell in love with that city on some level.

This is me and two of my colleagues a the Duck Pond in Boston, back in August of 2004

This is me and two of my colleagues at the Duck Pond in Boston, back in August of 2004

My heart breaks for the folks affected by the attack. I have heard of three different BC alums hurt in the bomb blast, and these are links to their Give Forward campaigns. If you have a chance, click over and read their stories.

Help for Pat and Jess

Recovery for Liza

Recovery for Brittany

I cannot say that I know any of these folks personally, though I suspect that I may have overlapped with one of these individuals back when I was at BC. Here’s what I do know: When tragedy strikes, there is something deep within us that wants to reach out and help. I can’t say that I wish tragedy upon anyone, but it is comforting to see that crisis can build and strengthen communities. I can attest to the amazing outpouring of support that my own family has encountered ever since my father had surgery on April 2nd. Loving support during such trying times is a confusing gift–would I rather have not gone through this difficult time and not know how many people love and support my dad? I dunno. But I do know that it has filled me with overwhelming joy to see just how much love there is available to you when you need it.

That’s my prayer for everyone, all the time, everywhere: That love and comfort be available to you when you need it. My best to Beantown, and my best to all of us who are trying to extend compassion to others.


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I know the lovely ladies in the duck pond! I agree with your post. 2012 was for me what you described. We had some tragedy, and lots of major life changes. Through it all, it felt good to be loved! Any updates on Papa Bear? Do you like the nickname I just gave him?

Comment by indiaindiana

Oh, hi Jo! You are indeed privvy to knowing us glorious Duck Ponders, I’m sure you were a Duck Ponder at one point yourself! I am glad that you can relate–I know that you went through a lot last year, and it’s nice that you can recall the love that helped you through the year. Papa Bear is doing well. (Yes, I like the new nickname.) Progress is slow, but he’s out of the ICU and in the regular cardiac wing. My brother is there now, and I’m sure I’ll catch up with my mom tomorrow after he takes off. Can’t believe it’s almost been 3 weeks since his surgery, a month in the hospital already. Thanks for reading!

Comment by jaymers

I agree with you that through a tragedy or crisis a community can be strengthened. I think there is inherent in most people that is often buried as people are so wrapped up in themselves (often for good and necessary reasons. Anyway, the crisis erupts and people remember they are a part of something bigger.

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Thank you for contributing to the conversation. Yes, indeed, crisis can break open communities in a good way. I have heard from many friends who felt that way during the week of April 15th. Best to you, thanks for stopping by!

Comment by jaymers

You got it.
I look forward to hearing from you over at MMK.

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Jayme — hope your Dad is OK? Know that he is in my prayers. Your snow bunnies are adorable, but snow in APRIL?? (egads! that’s kinda extreme for us suthun folk! we all got our coats back out for our cold front- it was in the 40’s the past two nights. : )

Boston… whew. Have been praying lots for the folks there. It’s so difficult to understand such reckless hate perpetuating these horrifying acts… but i agree with you, that hope & love can grow in the rubble (i’ve witnessed real roses, the living kind, who emanated hope in the horrors of conflict zones.) It’s just hard. Very Hard To Do…

Thanx for sharing your Boston experiences…& may God’s love continue to sustain all the injured & pour out healing grace to the hurting hearts in Boston & beyond..

grace, peace & compassion – Virginia

Comment by Virginia

Virginia, as always, you have great words to say. I feel lifted up with your news of prayers, it’s a comfort anytime anyone says, “Your dad is in my prayers.” Though, you as caregiver have probably encountered support like the kind I speak of (I hope!), and I hope it’s uplifting to you as well. My dad is still recovering in the hospital after his VAD installation–I was able to be there for the surgery, but since then I’ve been hearing via my mom or the occasional phone call to him directly. In essence, there is MUCH to be thankful for since he made it through the surgery and is progressing (however slowly). Thanks for contribuiting your thoughts and prayers.

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Your thoughts are always welcome

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