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April 17, 2013

Here in Boston, we’re still reeling from Monday’s events. It’s a lot to wrap your head around, even watching on television, but it rattles you more deeply — and in a different way — when it happens this close to home. Everyone seems to know at least one person who was close to the explosions. You picture yourself standing in the very spot where the bombs went off. My husband’s office is blocks away, and before we moved to the ‘burbs, I frequently walked along that stretch of Boylston Street. It’s strange to see the wreckage now and imagine what it must’ve been like for the people standing there. They were joyfully cheering on the runners, and then — instantly — everything changed. Three people lost their lives and for many, many others, their lives will never be the same.

One person can create such horrible terror, but the way a community rallies says so much about the human spirit. A few friends have shared this photo on Facebook or via email.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”

What a beautiful sentiment. And so true in this situation.

Here are some uplifting stories of “helpers” from Monday’s events:

There are many more. And, let’s not forget all the people who are “helpers” as a matter of course: police officers, fire fighters, doctors, nurses.

Luckily, J is too little to understand what happened Monday. For older children, Mrs. Rogers’ helpers-speech provides a great start. I also came across this guide from Mass General Hospital on how to talk to children about tragic events. Sadly, I know will need this guidance some day. These terrible events happen much, much too often in our world.

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