Two days later.....Saturday. Both bombing suspects were found. One dead and the other critically wounded. Perhaps now we will find some answers. But what I saw Saturday night helped me understand "reaction" to such momentous events.
Aimee and I were watching National Geographics The Decade That Made Us . It is a six part mini-series about the 80's. It is a very good show that describes how the 80's helped launch the world into the future and triggered how we live today.
My son Andrew and his wife Jessica had stopped over. The current show was about the mid-80's and the new Space Shuttle program. We were watching the events unfold on January 28, 1986. I remember the date because I was on the campus of Bowling Green State University wondering why the flags were at half mast.
The four of us watched the Shuttle lift off from the platform at Kennedy Space Center and rise into the clear blue sky. Andrew wasn't born yet and Jess was maybe 6 months old.
All of a sudden the Shuttle exploded and I heard Jess gasp. This was the first time she had seen the 1986 explosion. I quickly looked at her face and saw the shock from the explosion. The same shock that must have been on the faces of those people near the Boston Marathon finish line. The same shock that must have been on the faces of everyone around the world when they heard the news of the bombing. The same shock that settled into my gut when I first heard of the bombing.
It was at that moment I realized that life if full of shock and awe. In this day and age we are more readily exposed to it now because of cable TV, the internet, social media and all sorts of ways to keep "up to date". But it goes back deep into the history of our country.
Lincoln assassination. Kennedy assassination. Shuttle explosions. Hurricanes and tornadoes. 9/11 and many more.
And now Patriots Day 2013 at the Boston Marathon.
Unfortunately this is the world we live in. But as long as we keep a firm grasp on our humanity....our compassion...our love of life....the evil in this world doesn't have a chance. Evil manages to rear it's ugly head reminding us to be vigilant. But we as humans, not just Americans...but people of the earth, always find a way to push it back down.
I pray for those that need closure from the events on April 15th. I hope they find it because they are surrounded by a country that cares more than they will ever know.