Wednesday, April 15, 2020 was “One Boston Day,” a day which honors the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings on the same date in 2013.
According to WCVB 5, as part of the traditional ceremony that takes place every year, Governor Baker made striking comparisons between the events of today and the ones seven years ago when he stated:
“There was a lot of sadness that day, but there was also bravery, compassion and strength. First responders, health-care workers and bystanders rushed in to help, putting their lives on the line in the process,” Baker said. “Neighbors, friends and strangers held each other up with acts of kindness. The city and the Commonwealth rallied, rose to the occasion and turned tragedy into strength. Now, as we all endure a worldwide pandemic, we are rising to the task to meet it again.”
So, here is my attempt:
- Thank the first responders, medical professionals, and frontline workers in your life. (Post to social media using #OneBostonDay or make a sign to hang in your window!)
Thank you! You that you are all “Superheroes” and this is why.
Take Superman for example…Even though he is fearful of kryptonite; he continues to be: “Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!” He is able to do his job and do it well!
Like Superman, the first responders, medical professionals and frontline workers are not letting their “kryptonite” (a.k.a. “fears”) get in the way of saving the day. Why, you may ask? The answer is simple. You are brave!
Being brave does not mean completing a challenge that is easy to do. Being brave is facing a challenge, while recognizing your fear and doing it anyways. Thank you for conquering your fears for the health and safety of all of us.
2. Make a face covering for yourself or a neighbor in need of one.
To date, my daughter and I have made almost 100 face coverings to donate to health care workers and others in need. I still have fabric and elastic left, so if you are in need of one, please let me know. We would love to be able to help you out.
3.If you need to go out in public, help slow the spread by keeping at least six feet away from others.
Since I am a hockey Mom, I am lucky to have a hockey stick to take with me where ever I go.
4. Support small businesses and local restaurants by purchasing a gift card, shopping online, ordering takeout, or leaving a positive review.
Take-out Tuesday has become our new weekly tradition. (A day early to officially count, but nonetheless, an attempt of support.) This week’s meals came from the new Welly’s Restaurant on Main Street in Hudson and Rail Trail Flatbread Company. I highly recommend ordering take-out from both.
I also purchased a gift card to my hair salon. This way I will be all set when my hairapist and I are once again reunited.
Which four from the checklist do you think you are able to do? I am sure you do not need to limit yourself to just “One Boston Day”. You can do these anytime you are seeking a way to provide kindness and support during this outbreak.