I took this photo of the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2010.
I grew up in the Boston area and have always called the city home, even though I’ve lived in Kansas for the last seven years.
Words cannot do justice to my love for this beautiful city. That is why I was so saddened to hear about the tragedy near the Boston Marathon’s finish line yesterday.
I pray for all of the family and friends affected by this tragedy. I commend the heroes who immediately took action to save and preserve lives.
My husband and I are moving back to the Boston area this summer. We miss the city so much. We’ve given it plenty of thought, and decided that we can’t imagine spending our lives anywhere else.
Leaving the Boston area seven years ago only made me appreciate it more. I’ve become a tourist each time I’ve visited Boston since moving away. I realized that after 20 years of living in the Boston area, I never bothered to visit the U.S.S. Constitution, Old North Church, Paul Revere’s House, and other landmarks important to my nation’s history.
This summer, I plan to become a tourist again. I will revisit my old favorites, such as the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, The MFA (Museum of Fine Arts), Boston Common, Harvard Square, George’s Island, and The North End. Then I’ll check out things I haven’t seen yet, such as The Longfellow House in Cambridge (where George Washington stayed during the siege of Boston from July 1775-April 1776), Nantucket Island, and the cranberry harvest in the fall.
The thing that I love about Boston is that, each time I visit, it changes. Yet it remains the same. It is constantly moving forward: making strides in business, education, infrastructure, and culture. Yet it is ever faithful to its glorious past.
Boston is a wonderful place to visit and live. It is one of the cleanest metropolitan areas I’ve been in, is easily walk-able with a user-friendly public transportation system, and contains some of the most interesting people in the world. There are people from so many different walks of life who come to Boston to work, start a business, receive an education, and live. I feel blessed to have grown up in an area where I’ve had the opportunity to meet and learn from people of so many different cultures, religions, and lifestyles.
The Boston Marathon is a celebration of the multiculturalism Boston so warmly embraces. I can’t understand why anyone would want to smear that with hatred. But Boston, as always, continues to move forward.
While the tragic events of yesterday may change the city somewhat, it will always remain the same: embracing and reflecting the beautiful colors of so many people and nations.