Monday, 22 April 2013

Peace to Boston.

On Monday, April 15th 2013, it had been one full month that I've been living in the States with my husband. So, I was about to mention that to my friends back in Canada via Facbook but then, at 12:25PM (Pacific Time), I had turned on the TV and I found myself staring at tragic images unraveling in front of my eyes in Boston.

These were the thoughts running through my mind:

Why Boston?
An explosion? What, TWO explosions had erupted at the Marathon?!?
It must be terrorists.
Why are they doing this now?
Why are they doing this here?
Why won't they just STOP!

I was then glued to the television set for almost three hours. At the same time, I kept Googling updates via my Samsung Galaxy SIII phone. Every hour, I would confirm what the newscast was telling me, by speaking into my phone saying "Boston Bombing Updates."

Every day was the same. I kept looking for updates. I was mostly looking to find out if these terrorists were caught.

Then my thoughts continued:

One dead, one alive.
They were brothers.
They had lived in America for 10 years.
They were younger than me.
The deceased had a daughter?!? A wife?!? An American wife!!! What?!?

During the week, I forced myself to get on with my life and only watch one hour of news. Or else I would become obsessed with these terrorists. I would pretend to play psychologist and try to figure out what went wrong in their minds.

I can't do that. It's not my place. It's better to just take care of myself and my family.

But this was a reminder of who I am, why I am here, I need to be careful and let the ones I love that I miss them and can't wait to see them soon.

Then on Friday, around 4pm (Pacific Time), I watched the news again and it was telling me that they found the terrorist in a boat.

My thoughts said:

A boat?
I'm glad the boat owner was safe.
But I would've been scared s**tless if I just found a terrorist hiding in my boat.
What a brave man.

I had taken a break from the TV because I was going to meet my husband in downtown L.A. But just before I left, I decided to watch the news again and it was a time for celebration.

"We've got him!"

My thoughts were of joy this time. I was so happy. I even clapped at the TV screen.

I am just so proud of how fast the people of Boston got together to help each other and how the authorities did not rest until this man was captured.

I know a lot of people have certain things to say about America but that week, I couldn't be prouder to be a Canadian living in this beautiful country.

My only wish is that the survivors and all of Boston peace and justice is served.
Take care Boston <3

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