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Thinking of you Boston, from Beirut

April 16, 2013
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Last night I was woken up by a phone call. There’s been an explosion at the Boston Marathon.

I immediately grabbed my computer. Social media is a savior when something like this happens, Facebook allowing people from Boston to let friends and family know that they were safe. A gratefulness I’ve never felt for the world’s biggest time-waster. I followed Twitter feeds, reading eyewitness accounts and reactions in 140 characters. I stayed up for hours watching the news unfold on TV.

I couldn’t sleep last night. I kept thinking of how scared my friends were in Boston. How terrifying it was for those closest to the bombing. And the sense of safety and elation that so many people had at the beginning of yesterday’s race that was shattered in a moment.

Whenever something terrible happens and I’m so far away from the people I care about, I start to wonder why I live on the other side of the world, when it’s impossible to hug my family. But I can still remind myself of how lucky that I still have what others lost yesterday.

I’m with you, all my friends in Boston, and the strangers there yesterday I never got to meet while I lived in the city too. President Obama said, “Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people.” I know this to be true. Stay strong, all.

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  1. April 16, 2013 10:46 am

    I agree that social media can be excellent when it comes to informing the public on news like this. It is almost like we can all be there, though of course that is not the case.
    –JW

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