What did you do yesterday?
Me? I sat in front of the TV feeling defeated by the images of the bombings in Boston. Even as I write this I am still unsure what actually happened. I have no idea who is responsible and while I, like any normal American feel a deep seated need for justice. Blood even. Right now my heart is hurting for the victims and their families.
I know that justice will prevail. It may take some time as in the case of 9/11, but we will be successful. I know this because I know the type of people that make up this country. The majority are hard working, law abiding citizens who believe as I do. If you work hard for it, you too can be apart of our American dream.
There will always be people who want to tear that down. Whether they are extreme terrorist, religious zealots or just the stupid folk who bask in their ignorance.
But understand this; they are not the norm. We are.
So yesterday I felt a great pride for my fellow countryman when they answered that call. I saw so many tweets and facebook status updates offering food, water and shelter to those in need. While some news organizations say this may have started in the afternoon with a google spreadsheet I have to disagree.
In the twitterverse yesterday we were seeing these sorts of tweets as soon as news hit of the devastation.
I hate what happened in Boston yesterday. But once again, when hatred landed on our doorstep, I found myself proud to be an American.
God Bless everyone in Boston. The victims. Their families and the men and women who risked their lives rushing into the fire because someone needed help. That courage and bravery are why we can never be defeated.