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  •  We live about 15-20 minutes from Boston (0+ / 0-)

    and have ties to the city...with a DIL who graduated from Northeastern and who works at Children's Hospital, and them having close friends at the marathon (including one I'd performed the wedding ceremony for some years ago).  Another son was working the ER at a hospital some miles out of Boston that day.

    Even though all were OK, we continue to process the day.  In some ways it's been hardest for the son who was on ER duty but not in Boston, a respiratory therapist whose ER duty involves keeping airways open and sometimes doing chest tubes to drain fluid....he keeps asking himself "If I'd been on the scene, with so many injuries in the crowd, could I have held it together and reacted the way I'd need to?"   I know him enough to assure him he'd have done what was needed--but especially when something so traumatic happens in a familiar setting, people all over are asking themselves similar questions.

    I've wondered what they'll do on July 4 on the Esplanade when the Boston Pops get to the crescendo of the 1812 Orchestra, where normally the National Guard shoot off cannons.   Will they decide to skip it this year, or warn people and see it through together as a symbol of Boston in defiance?  

    "Because inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened." -Terry Pratchett

    by revsue on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 12:15:38 PM PDT

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