Fellow Cup Checkers,
I write to you tonight with a heavy heart, a sense of confusion, and most of all sense of pride! I have
been trying to write this for a few nights but the words will just not come out. It has been hard to find
words that do the situation justice. Here at the Cup Check we celebrate lots of things: our careers,
family experiences, trials and tribulations, among many others. The past 72 hours for me have been
quite surreal, filled with emotions that I don’t know what to do with. Watching news reports, receiving
updates from friends and family making sure everyone was accounted for, and the loss of invincibility
has set in. As many of you know I was born, raised, and still reside in the city of Boston, which was
attacked by a faceless coward on our holiday, Patriots Day. It is a state wide holiday, families cheer,
college kid’s party alongside the Boston Marathon course, the Red Sox play a early day game, and the
city is filled with joy. The marathon was celebrating its 127th year, a day that for as long as my memory
serves me, I shared with my family in celebration of the pride the people of Massachusetts.
My day here in the Florida started as it always does, with a call to my wife Laura and my morning
routine. Little did I know when I arrived at the ball park Monday that the next time I spoke to Laura she
would be in the panic she was in. A feeling of hopelessness and the fear of the unknown might as well
have been tattooed on my forehead until close to game time Monday night. My wife works less than
two blocks away from where the bombings occurred. There was nothing I could do to get her home, out
of harms way and it had my stomach in knots. A close friend and his family were no more than 20 yards
away from one of the bombs. There were too many people for me to call to check up on, and my mind
was racing. Luckily, no one I knew was hurt, everyone returned home safely that night.
However, there are families mourning the loss of loved ones, people in critical condition in the hospitals,
and lives have been changed. The city of Boston has been changed forever, a day of patriotism, history,
and independence of our nation, will forever be a bittersweet day. The independence of a nation been
attacked for our values, beliefs, freedoms, and way of life. As New Yorkers before us, we as Bostonians
will rise above this event, come together as a city, and show just how strong this nation is. As President
Obama said “Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people.” This video is proof.
To those who were affected by the tragedy on Monday 4/15/2013 All of us at the Cup Check are sending
thoughts and prayers!
Boston You Will ALWAYS be HOME ,