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.”

In addition, Marty Walsh, the mayor of Boston, compiled a checklist of things that residents of the Commonwealth can do to honor One Boston Day and suggested that we all try to do four of them. 

So, here is my attempt:

  1. 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.

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  1. I can picture you walking around with a hockey stick! We’ve made & donated masks, left a note & cookies for our mail carrier, made a card for a local veteran who is turning 101 and helped our PTO coordinate a teacher/staff appreciation program giving away gift cards to local businesses each day this month.

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    • I love the idea about the note and cookies for the mail carrier. That is so sweet. I also think it is so thoughtful that your PTO is giving away gift cards to local businesses. What a win-win thing to do!


  2. Julie, I so enjoy your blogs. I was surprised we retired people got a stimulus check as our incomes did not change and we had no job to lose. Because I feel this way, I am using a portion of my check for charities who are helping the afflicted through this pandemic. I, too, love the idea of giving a note and cookies to the mailman. I think I’ll do that also. We have the nicest, most accommodating mailman I know. I also give a good tip to my mechanic who inspected my car today as the shop is slow and this affects his pay. He has a young family to support. It feels good to help others, even if it is in small ways. It is so inspiring to see all the stories on TV of people helping people. People are good.


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