My quilt guild meets on Monday mornings and afterwards, a group of us generally go to lunch. Afterwards, usually before I head home, I make a stop at JoAnn's (fabric store) or a Michael's (crafts store) for some item/s I need... such was the case this past Monday. I finished my errand, got in my car and looked at my watch - 3:15 PM DST - and thought, great, I can probably get home by 4 PM - providing I don't run into any traffic backup...so, I turned on the radio to catch the traffic - always on the 8s - fully expecting to hear a few assorted commercials and was greeted, instead, with breaking news about the bomb explosions that turned the annual Boston Marathon into an unfathomnable, indelibly seared in our minds, forever, tragic event. I, along with everyone, was flabbergasted. And then I remembered: one friend in my quilt guild had just shared with us that her son was in Boston, running the marathon.
I shuddered and said outloud: On no! I hope that he is OK. And of course, I thought about my friend all the way home. My trip usually takes 40 minutes, or so, and fortunately, there were no traffic backups. I got home just at 4:15 pm, and called another friend who lives in the same neighborhood as our friend and asked had she heard the news about the marathon...she hadn't and so I told her and also, that our friend's son was in Boston. She said she'd immediately call our friend and go to her house, in case our friend - had either not heard the news or if so, hadn't heard from her son. About 5:15 pm, my friend called to say she'd indeed heard from her son: he'd finished the race about an hour or so before the bombings and upon learning the news, sent a text message to his wife and parents from a local pub, saying he was OK.
We all exhaled.
Prayed for the victims and their families.
Trying to make sense of it all and of course, we can't because there is no sense.
My friend's son shared the race and the tragedy on his blog; you can read it here.
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