It almost seemed inevitable. Experts and politicians alike said it was just a matter of time, but we hoped it would never happen so close to home. Mainers are connected to Boston in a visceral way. In the summer we cheer the Sea Dog’s big brothers, in the fall we root for the Patriots and every winter we hope the Bruins can do it again.
Our friends, our family, many of our closest neighbors come from the commonwealth to the south.
Maine is one of two states to celebrate Patriots’ day, and along with our friends in Beantown, we often take to the streets on this day for a celebratory run. Today that run ended in tragedy.
As our friends at MySecretBoston said:
“It was our turn, and it sucks. How we respond to what happened on Boylston Street will help define us as a city. So far, so good. Runners ran to help the injured, spectators went to hospitals to give blood. It’s not a secret that ours is a special city. Now that we’ve joined the growing list of other cities that have been attacked, it’s time to show how special Boston is. Let’s support each other. Help in any way we can. Be patient. Be kind. Be Bostonians.”
It’s our turn to be Mainers – be supportive. Reach out to a friend in the city. Contact the Red Cross and give blood. See what you can do to help. Be thoughtful. Be a friend. Be a good neighbor. Boston – our thoughts are with you.