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There is likely nothing I can say about the horror show at the Boston Marathon yesterday that hasn’t been said already.

I was born in Boston. I grew up not twenty miles outside Boston. Raised by two Bostonians, one of whom was a Boston police detective, who was the son of a Boston Police Captain. I lived in the city as an adult. And so it has been for my family, and for me, our home for generations, even though I have since moved some fifty miles north.

Like so many, I have dear friends who ran the race yesterday. Who worked tirelessly to train for what was supposed to be a joyous event. And who are thankfully alive and well, as are their families.

Like so many, I have children of my own.

And so somehow, this all feels very personal. As it should. We should all take it personally, that someone would assault and terrorize our friends, families, fellow citizens, beloved guests from America and abroad, in our city, state, and country.

I don’t know what will happen in a minute, an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year, two years, five years, fifty years. And yes, that scares the hell out of me. But I do know this. You do not mess with a city like Boston. Boston is Paul Revere and a midnight ride. It’s six generations Brahmin. Four generation Irish. One generation Cape Verdean. And everything in between and back again. It’s Regina and Santarps– the best pizza in the world. (Sorry, New York.) It is cold tea in Chinatown at 2 AM. It’s college transplants who come, fall in love, and never leave. It’s doctors, cops, bartenders. It’s bad accents we love to hate and hate to love. And Dunkin’ Donuts. On ever corner. (Really.) It’s Filene’s Basement (RIP) and the Pru. Triple deckers and brownstones. Universities and hospitals. Boston is wicked smaht. Just asked Donnie Wahlberg.

Boston doesn’t bow to queens. Or crazies. And definitely not to terrorists.

Boston is grit and determination. Boston is courage. Boston is PRIDE.

Boston is the Marathon. It’s Uta Pippig. Bobby Orr. Larry Bird. Doug Flutie. “Manny Ortiz”. Ted Williams. Boston is The Garden. Fenway.┬áThe Red Sox.

It’s the ghosts of yesterday and the promise of today.

Boston was cursed once. It won’t be cursed twice.

That is one thing I do know.

I love that dirty water, don’t you?


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Comments (17)

So you are a Bostonian…I get it now. If everyone is like you, they will certainly prevail with pride, dignity and class. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Boston. So glad your friends are safe. Praying for those not as fortunate.


AMEN! So well said! Glad you wrote a blog today MTM!


We may be rivals in sports, but we’re kindred spirits when it comes to standing up against violence and protecting our own. Hang in there, and God Bless Boston.



Thanks @ Terri…praying as well. :(

Thanks @L and darn right, @Jolyse! Hubs and I always says we despise NY for their sports….and mostly bc….we are just like them! :)


What a wonderful description of Boston and some of what it means to so many people. I couldn’t put it into words but the way you wrote it really resonates with me.


Well said.


Very well said! We must not allow evil to become us. We are good human beings and a good nation and it is up to all of us to seek out our kindness and empathy and fight the bad/evil that surrounds us.


YOu go girl. So good to read such strength in these scary times. Keep it up. We need more folk like you out there!


Thanks, all! Keep the faith. This guy will be caught soon. Boston will not back down!


You GO, Janet, you wicked smaht Bostonian. Well done.


You knocked it out of the pahk! And that would be Fenway!!! Beautifully said, friend.


So very very well said.


Such a well-written, heartfelt post! Didn’t you just love “Manny” Ortiz’ (I know the two you really meant!) comment about the “f**ing city?!? Tears in my eyes as the Red Sox crowd responded to Neil Diamond singing “Sweet Caroline,” but so glad you referenced “Dirty Water”–the REAL anthem of Boston! (Tho. “Charlie and the MTA” is a close second.)

I don’t have your credentials as a born and bred Bostonian, but have lived here 30+ years and my adult kids can claim it. I have forwarded them your post.



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