On Monday, April 15th, 2013, something unspeakable occurred in the city of Boston. Two blasts rocked Boylston Street in the midst of the Boston Marathon, and a third went off at the JFK Presidential Library a few hours later. The loss of innocent lives and the hundreds injured and maimed made one of America's toughest cities hold its breath as it struggled to understand what the hell just happened.
After evil momentarily hit the "pause" button in Massachusetts, the helpers, caregivers and sacrificers hit "play" again and worked diligently in the spirit of humankind. As said best by Mr. Rogers, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' "
Comedian Patton Oswalt chimed in on Facebook, sending his inspirational message to Boston about those who intentionally try to make us afraid. Speaking to the fearmongers, he said, "The good outnumber you, and we always will." I believe he is right.
What does this have to do with shoes? Boston Magazine.
Inside the May issue of Boston Magazine are stories from 120 runners. Staff spent over 40 hours collecting the 120 pairs of shoes, using social media to find runners who were affected. There are so many grizzly images from the pain and aftermath, but this is a piece of beauty, unity and solidarity. Especially the heart around the simple words, "We will finish the race." Boston Magazine has made photos of the individual shoes and all the stories available online, too.
"We have been humbled by the reception our May cover has received since we released it this morning," writes the magazine's John Wolfson. "To me the cover is about two things: perseverance and unity.
"By itself, each shoe in the photograph is tiny, battered and ordinary. Together, though, they create something beautiful, powerful and inspirational. Remove just one shoe and you begin to diminish, in some small way, the overall effect. Collectively, they are the perfect symbol for Boston, and for our response to the bombings," he wrote on the magazine's website.
"This staff is filled with people who feel the same way. Our home is hurting right now, and our hope, together, was to produce something that reflects the intensity of affection and pride that all of us here in the region feel for Boston," he added.
For those still looking for a way to help, visit The One Fund.