April 24, 2013
On Monday, April 15th, I woke up in a tizzy. First, I was late for a meeting for which I had to commute an hour. Second, we hadn't finished up our taxes. Third, the funnest thing of the morning, it was the Boston Marathon, and the last Facebook status I saw was from a former PDX urbanMama, suited up in compression socks and bib number, ready to race.
I thought about our friend all morning wondering how she was feeling and how she was doing (undoubetdly strong, she always runs strong!). After a busy day of meetings, I settled into another hour commute home and was horrified to hear the news.
"Late breaking news from the Boston Marathon finish line...." and "....reports of two deaths, one of whom was a child of eight years old..." - the audio was unbearable. As a "survivor" of sorts of what happened on September 11, 2001, I felt pangs of trauma resurfacing. My heart beat mimicked how it behaved back then. Every other moment, I let out tears. And, as I drove, my hand covered my mouth in disbelief.
Our urbanMama friend was safe, though she was just picking up her warming blanket as the first impact set off. Luck would also have it that her spouse and three children were running a little late to greet her, still a few blocks away from finish. After hearing the comotion, the family re-routed to meet at another pre-determined location.
We have stories of friends who were there, stories of friends of friends. Many of us, runners ourselves, can only imagine the confusion of feelings: the high of completing such a huge feat like a marathon and the low of realizing that something so awful had happened.
How is your family dealing with this current event, this tragedy? Does it feel close? Does it feel far? For another former PDX urbanMama, it hits close to home. Her 9-year old has nightmares, feeling so disempowered and depressed. So, this mama has decided to organize an event, a worldwide run, on May 15, 2013, to honor those that ran the Boston Marathon and to honor the goodness in our world. "MILES to teach GOODNESS" encourages us all to organize a run in our neighborhood, at the same time, to run 26.2 minutes to celebrate our communities and support one another.
In our household, it still feels a little unreal. We talk about it, we watch the news. The event dampens our spirit. We think we will join in on the EmPOWERed Kids Run to help us join in with the rest of the community to lift our spirits.