Lesson from the Outlets

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I went to the outlets today.  I don't really like shopping, but after the exhausting and tense week we have all had, something as normal as shopping was just what I needed.

I did find some great deals on clothes, but more importantly I got to see something that put a lot of this week into perspective.  With all of the tragedy we have seen, it was great to be reminded of the true sense of community here.  Not just the Boston community, but the community of Americans, built on people from all around the world and from all different backgrounds.  I heard no less than six different languages and saw at least a dozen people of different nationalities.  I saw two women, presumably a couple, walking together holding hands.  I saw a woman in a hijab chase her daughter around the children's play area, both of them laughing.  I saw an Asian woman with a white man hugging their small black baby.  I saw an older japanese couple who appeared to be right off the boat, but were proudly wearing Red Sox hats.

This country is truly a special place.  There are people who will hate and people who will attack, but those people will never be able to break the most basic building block of this country.  The country is built on people who are different from one another.  Undoubtedly, not everyone will get along but today was a great reminder that the vast majority of people happily coexist. 

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