Just wanted to take a quick minute to express thoughts and prayers for anyone involved with the explosions in Boston. It’s been a sad week in America, and the death of a local police officer in Oklahoma City had already put a damper on our Monday. Chad Peery was paralyzed in 2011 after he tried to break up a bar fight and was brutally beaten. He has been honored in the community and at Oklahoma City Thunder games and was an inspiration to many. I attended a Thunder game where he was honored, and I didn’t know much of his story but I was truly touched. To maintain such a positive attitude through such a horrific tragedy is so inspirational and I know Peery will be remembered greatly by the Oklahoma City community.
Later that day, we all heard of the explosions at the Boston Marathon. I feel like it’s always a state of confusion immediately when these kind of things happen. I saw a picture on Twitter, but “explosion” was used, not “bombing,” so I thought (and hoped) perhaps at first it could have been an accident, although my gut told me otherwise. When things like this happen in our county, I (as I’m sure many others) just wonder why. I can’t fathom what would give someone the thought to hurt so many innocent people, but I think it’s best that way. Events such as this, as well as 9/11, the OKC bombing and the Sandy Hook tragedy just to name a few, aren’t meant to be understood in my opinion. I’m thankful that I can’t wrap my mind around something like this, and my deepest thoughts and prayers are with victims, families and residents of Boston. I know from experience the effect this type of thing can have on a community, and I wish the best for everyone involved. I’m sure many have seen the quote from Mr. Rogers, and I think it’s important in times like this. Despite the evil in our world, the good still outweighs it.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”