I Am Also Grateful

In the aftermath of the Boston marathon bombings I am angry. I am sad. And I am scared. These are the feelings those who attacked want me to feel.  And as much as I’d like to deny them the satisfaction of tapping into our vulnerabilities, I cannot.

I am all of those things – angry, sad and scared, but I am also grateful.

  • I am grateful for the heroes, in and out of uniform, who risked safety to help those who were injured and scared.
  • I am grateful for the medical expertise which saved limbs and lives.
  • I am grateful for the technology that let us connect quickly across the city, across the state and across the world to bind our community together.
  • I am grateful for the disaster plans we had in place to secure our environment.
  • I am grateful for all those runners who may not have crossed the finish line, but who survived.
  • I am grateful for the American flags I see lining the streets this morning. Today we are not democrats or republicans. We are not Muslims, Christians or Jews  –  we are Bostonians and we stand together.
  • I am grateful for the Patriots Day memories of the morning where we laughed together side by side celebrating our heroes past and present.
  • I am grateful for the messages, prayers and support of friends, family and acquaintances near and far who have reached out.

So yes. I am angry. I am scared. And I am sad. But I am also strong, grateful and proud. The attackers can’t take away my ability to choose and I choose to feed these feelings.

With this choice I take away any victory the attackers could celebrate because being cherished, being strong and being proud outweigh anger and fear any day, any where.




  1. Amen Samantha. Well said.

    • Thank you Barbara. The community spirit we show in times of sadness can’t take away the pain, but it can provide some comfort.

  2. Nicely expressed Samantha, right there with you. I may even have to take up running.

    • Thank you Anne. I’ll be cheering you on in your first race!

  3. thoughtful, meaningful, concise as always Samantha. I will now move from my bewilderment towards being grateful as we all should.

    • Thanks John. Any comfort we can provide each other is a blessing.

  4. Well said, Samantha!

    • Thank you Lindy. Coming together as a community is amazingly powerful.

  5. Your words are positive despite a very negative event. Thanks for helping me organize my thoughts about the tragedy. In addition to being sad, angry, and afraid, I am grateful for wordsmiths like you.

    Adele Douglass, Sturgeon Bay, WI

    • Thank you for your touching words.