my heart’s with boston & my dear michelle

Hey there, I hope everyone is doing well. In the midst of the tragedy back home in Boston, it’s been a somber week here, with lots of tears for our city, friends, family, and everyone affected in the horrific event. I never imagined seeing a “Boston Bombing” headline on the news and in the papers in my lifetime,  so I certainly never imagined seeing it on the news in Australia. It is truly heartbreaking.  
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As a result of living and working in Boston since graduating, the majority of my friends live in the city, and I knew most of them would either be at the marathon, or near the marathon. Sadly one of my dear friends, Michelle, was injured.  I ask that you please say a prayer for her, as she is in the midst of her second surgery today to mend her wounds. Michelle is originally a “Mainer” like me, and when I met her at work almost 5 years ago, we hit it off from the start.  Over our years working together at John Hancock, she became  like a sister to me, and was my morning gym buddy, iced coffee and sangria partner, frequent lunch date, and a best friend. She is the sweetest person I know who is forever smiling and always thinks of others before she thinks about herself. She was simply an innocent bystander at the marathon on Monday, there  cheering on her boyfriend who was running the race. Finding out she was hurt was absolutely devastating, so I am relieved  to be able to say she is going to be okay. We have been texting back and forth frequently, and she is truly one of the bravest people I know.  Her positive attitude, bright outlook, and strong support system will help her on her road to recovery.  Please keep her and all those affected in your prayers. I love you, Michelle, I’m thinking of you every second!
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(Beautiful Michelle is on the right in every picture)

This tragedy also hits close to home because for the last 4.5 years of my life, I called Boston home, and I truly couldn’t love a city more.  My former company, John Hancock, sponsors the Boston Marathon, so as an employee, Marathon Monday is the most exciting day of the year. In my four years with John Hancock, I volunteered at the marathon each and every year, and sat in the finish line bleachers for all of those years, too.
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Volunteering with my girls every year.

If I was still living in Boston, there is a 100% chance I would have been at the Marathon finish line this year, too. The thought alone is chilling.  It could have been anyone that was harmed…it could have just as easily been me. 

I have so much love for this city, our Nation, my dear Michelle, and everyone in it. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected. Boston, you’re in my heart always.
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32 thoughts on “my heart’s with boston & my dear michelle

  1. Oh goodness, Merry! I’ll be praying for Michelle for both her injuries, and also her mind – I can’t imagine how she must be feeling mentally, or the thoughts running through her head.

    Sending hugs to you too, lovely lady! <3

  2. To have to watch all of this from so far away must feel so helpless. I will keep my thoughts with Michelle (who sounds awesome by the way – I’d want to be her friend too!). I hope her second surgery is her last and she can begin to heal. Please keep us posted on her recovery.

    So happy you weren’t there this year. Sending lots of hugs your way!!

  3. I couldn’t help but think about the time you invited me to sit in the VIP area of the bleachers at the finish line when all of this happened. You captured your emotions beautifully and I am happy to hear that michelle is safe. miss you lots!

  4. Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about your friend! Michelle sounds awesome, and she’s definitely in my prayers — I’m thinking of her and praying for a speedy recovery.

    Also, I know it can be awful to have to watch a major tragedy unfold in your home while you’re thousands of miles away and unable to do anything about it. I was living out East both when Columbine happened, and then last summer when a huge wildfire destroyed a swath of my hometown in Colorado. I felt totally helpless, and it was even harder to deal with when nobody nearby could fully relate to the trauma of seeing these things happen. I hope other Bostonians are able to reach out to you and commiserate/empathize from afar! No matter what, though, I’m thinking of you and all those who were affected by this.

    • Thanks so much Lillian. It is definitley hard, and even harder to be so far away. We are being updated constantly by our friends and family, so that has been helpful. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers for Michelle!

  5. Wow your story really made everything just so much more real. Not that it hasn’t been but I’m really new to the area. I’m not in Boston proper but it makes me feel for the city. I’m saddened for your friend but I hope she knows that she has immense support from the whole nation and everyone worldwide.

  6. So sorry to hear about your friend’s injuries. What a nice post you have written for her!!
    Boston is such a fantastic city…my favourite of all those visited in the States, as it reminded me a lot of Canada. Mostly the down-to-Earth people and overall modesty of the city as a whole. Thoughts & prayers to all those affected. xo

  7. Wow, isn’t it surreal to think about the what if. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. XOXOXO to her and I wish her all the best for recovery. Such a tragedy and I think it’s hit everyone hard :(

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