When I told my sister, codename: Cordelia, how it feels to be here today on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, she pointed out that maybe it’s better that the anniversary is almost a week before this year’s marathon (next Monday). It gives people space to grieve. I hadn’t thought of that; I had been thinking only that it feels like two anniversaries rather than one, one day of terrible sadness, then, a few days later, another day of terrible sadness. But I think she’s right. It’s good to have a day dedicated to looking back and mourning, and another day dedicated to reclaiming our marathon.

It’s very sad here today.

Here’s a link to the metta meditation I posted last year.