There is no Hodgepodge today because our wonderful leader is taking a week off to spend time with her family and to prepare for Easter. This is Holy Week for Christians. Today is also the anniversary of the tragedy at the finish line of the Boston Marathon last year.
So… when anniversaries like it come up, I find I have to stay away from watching the news on TV. Is anybody else out there like me?
I totally understand the need for news programs to cover the anniversary - to see how far the survivors have come since that day a year ago. I also know it's a fitting time to thank all the first responders, and everyone who jumped in to take care of the bleeding and the suffering. It can be a morale booster for those getting ready to run the marathon again. Being strong together is important. Showing terrorists/crazy people that the hurtful acts they do will not keep us down for long. It's all necessary… I get it.
But, I do not want to relive it. I don't want to watch the explosions over and over, and then the crazy aftermath as people laid on the street. No, I do not want to watch it again.
These days so many of us carry around smartphones that can take pictures and shoot videos. We capture everything happening, practically instantaneously. So, we are seeing more and more "live" events, good and bad. And to tell you the truth, it gets confusing because we see similar video in movies. In movies it's acted, and it's fake blood and fake suffering. But, I think it dulls our brains to it.
My psyche will not let me watch any of it. In movies I cover my eyes….and I have been known to miss many long scenes because I can not stand to watch the pain or the violence. I have finally decided it's best for me to just not go to those types of movies (I used to go with hubby.)
The same goes with real footage on the news. I don't want to see everything up close… I don't want to watch a bone breaking, or real blood flowing, or fiery car crashes - over and over. My heart can't take it.
So, this morning my TV is off.
Oh, I'm remembering the families of those who lost loved ones. And, I'm praying for continued healing for those who suffered physical and emotional damage. I have not forgotten what happened…
I just don't want to see it over and over.