Thursday, April 18, 2013

Prayers For Boston (A Special Edition Of Tazi's Corner - #41)

Dear Readers:

As I have often mentioned, I live in New England, which is to say that I am very close to the city of Boston, both geographically and emotionally (Go Red Sox!). Boston is the heart of New England; when traveling to places far, New Englanders will tell people that they are from Boston because they think nobody has ever heard of the little New England town where they actually live, just an hour outside of Boston (and they are probably right). Boston is the most recognized city in the Northeast...well, except for New York City, but no self-respecting New Englander would ever say they are from New York! Jamas! In our hearts, we are all Boston, and Boston is all of us.

The horror of the Boston Marathon bombing immediately hit home for all New Englanders, making us ask "Is anywhere safe? Is anything sacred?" (Seriously; attacking New England is like attacking Canada. Who does that?) The Boston Marathon is a gathering some of the world's most elite competitive runners, as well as non-runners who choose to follow the course by walking or wheeling (as in a wheelchair) their way to the finish line. It is a gathering of athletes and those who support and admire them. I found it very symbolic that whoever did this chose to literally take the legs out from under their victims. The sympathies and prayers of all of us here at Ask Tazi! are with the victims, survivors, and the families affected by this devastating act of terrorism.

Comedic Commentator Steve Colbert addressed our sorrow and anger in a monologue that I would like to share with you now. I found comfort in his tribute to the city of Boston, as in its levity is explains the stern stuff that makes a New Englander.

© 2013 Comedy Partners. Used With Permission.
Levity aside, Bostonians and New Englanders in general are a very strong people. After completing the marathon, participants ran another 2 miles to Mass General [Hospital] to donate blood from their depleted bodies. At that moment, all were Bostonians, regardless of hometown, home state, or home country, and I thank from for the strength they showed, as well as their courage and humility

Be very aware, you cowards who perpetrated this obscenity: We will see justice, no matter how long it takes us to find you. Have you forgotten how we responded to the shot heard 'round the world at Lexington and Concord? That was right outside Boston, and we have only improved our response time in the last 237 years! We are a very patient people - we waited 86 years for the Red Sox to win a World Series and we never lost hope that it would one day happen, so trust me when I say that we will not lose patience with those who will not stop scouring the Earth for you. You will be found. In the meantime, Boston will reverse the curse you tried to lay on it. The Marathon - and those you tried to break - will run again. And again. And again. And again. Because even though you break our bodies, you will never break our spirits.


P.S.  to the slime who committed this crime: Why don't you truck on over to my Paw Slap Of Disgust page so can give you a handful of them; one pawslap is not enough for the likes of you.

Ask Tazi! is ghostwritten by a human with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications. Tazi-Kat is not really a talking feline.

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