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I wish I could talk to my 7-year-old daughter (her five-year-old sister is still too young!) about the Boston Marathon attacks...to tell her about the unbelievable courage of runners, spectators, police and race volunteers. Instead of running away after the back-to-back blasts right near the finish line, they ran toward the site of the explosions to help. They couldn't be certain there wouldn't be another attack. After all, there were just two blasts seconds and yards apart -- and they still ran toward what could be danger to aid the injured and the dying.
I wish I could tell her about heros like Roupen Bastajian, a state trooper in Rhode Island and a former Marine, who told the New York Times he tied "at least five, six legs with tourniquets." He had just crossed the finish line and rushed back toward what seemed to witnesses like a war zone. "There are so many people without legs," Bastajian told the Times Monday. "It's all blood. There's blood everywhere."
I wish I could tell her about the runners who had just finished the grueling 26.2 mile race and kept on going. They weren't running for their lives. They headed directly to nearby hospitals to donate blood.
I wish I could tell her about the scores of Bostonians who took to Twitter and Facebook offering a room, a bed, a couch to the marathoners from out-of-town who might need a place to stay.
I wish I could tell her about the nurses, the doctors, the hospital workers who weren't working but rushed in to help treat the more than 100 people who were injured. A number of those people, we know now, had to undergo amputations.
I wish I could tell her about the physician who ran the marathon himself and was dehydrated and yet ran to his hospital to help.
I wish I could tell her all of this, but can’t because she’d likely ask me if such a scary thing can ever happen again. Will 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was at the finish line with his family, be the last child to die in such a senseless attack?
I wish I could tell her yes, but can’t.
Kelly Wallace, a mom of two, is chief correspondent of iVillage. You can follow Kelly on Twitter (@kellywallacetv).
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