My brother lives in New York. He was there in September 2001 and was one of the many who was evacuated in the direction of the river. Although we did not lose anybody we knew he lost friends and colleagues. He also runs. At the moment he is raising money for MS by doing as many runs as his workload will allow. When I turned on the news on Monday night my thoughts were immediate concern for his safety. It turned out that he had run a shorter race that day as he had not achieved the qualifying entry time for Boston. But what hit me was he could have so easily been there, and we could be in the same terrible situation that many families are now finding themselves in.
I have also been thinking of the young men responsible. The youngest is the same age as Big Sis. When she was home last week the house was full of friends, laughter and plans - so many plans that kids of that age have for their future. It is difficult to fathom what went so wrong as to allow someone of the same age think that what he was involved in was okay.
I came across a post on someone's blog. They knew the Aunty of one of the victims and had sent out a request for some woollen squares. These were to be made up into blankets for the families of those who lost their lives. I felt compelled to contribute and produced three crochet granny squares. It seems a little bit trivial compared to what these people are facing but each stitch was produced with love and I can only hope that it might go some tiny way in to producing something that will provide comfort.
Sometimes terrible events like these put our own worries into perspective.
Sending out warmest thoughts