Boston IS Wicked Strong!!
I forget the origin of the “word’ wicked but anyone who has Massachusetts relatives or knows people from that region has heard them use this word. It is unique as is this region of the country that has experienced so much misery lately with Newtown and now the Boston Marathon bombings. As the situation unfolds, below is what I had prepared this week after the horrific news Monday afternoon.
When I heard about the bombings, one of my first thoughts was that the time of the explosions occurred when the many people who run the marathon for charitable organizations would be finishing the race. What a terrible tragedy to impact people who likely were doing an unselfish act by raising funds for a charity.
These people who run the race and raise money typically have a family member or friend who suffered from cancer, alzheimer’s, cystic fibrosis and list goes on. They are running and raising money to bring awareness for these causes and in hopes that these diseases will be cured or to help those who suffer from the effects of a disease or tragedy are given help or comfort.
Boston will learn to get back to its normal life and it will thrive. Anyone who has been to Boston realizes how special of a city it is . It is a resilient town!
I have been to over 37 states and numerous cities in our great country. When people ask me my favorites I always say Boston is one of my favorites and I usually add, “Springtime in Boston”. You should do yourself a favor and visit Boston in the Spring. The college students come out of their dorm rooms and can see the end of a long school year. Those who work in the investment management or insurance industries take longer walks for lunch. You can feel the life of this city in these months.
The historical landmarks of Boston and our country are apart of the city and easily accessible. You can visit the Old North Church, do business on Beacon Hill or walk through the Boston Common. In the Summer, you can drive to one of our other national treasurers, Cape Cod which has some of the most quaint beach towns. Some of my cousins were born on the Cape and we have had numerous fun and memorable family vacations to this wicked area.
Sports is so important to its residents and fans. They identify with their Celtics, Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots. Boston and Pittsburgh has enjoyed a good rivalry in sports, maybe not to the heights of Boston and New York, but still a rivalry. I have been lucky to attend a game at the old Garden and for a few minutes, I just stared at the banners. It really was incredible sight for any sports fan!
Boston will go on and thrive! It’s great restaurants in the Back Bay such as Lucca’s will continue to be vibrant with Boston residents and visitors. The historical landmarks will remind us of the birth of a great country and hopefully put us in touch with the ways to keep the USA great!
I am sure I will see Boston again soon. Next year’s Boston Marathon will be the largest ever. It will occur on April 21, 2014. I will reach 30 years from my cancer diagnosis earlier that month. Maybe I’ll celebrate at that Marathon like I celebrated graduating with my MBA in April 1994, also my 10 year survivor mark, with a trip to Boston and the Cape!
I have to close with the words of that wonderful little boy Martin Richard who was killed in those explosions while he was, unselfishly, cheering the runners. A picture released of Martin says, “No More Hurting People. Peace”!
No More Hurting People! Peace!