Boston Strong

Call me Miss Superlucky.  My best friend from high school, who is a super intellectual property lawyer in Boston, invited Christopher and me to visit her this summer in beautiful Brookline, Massachusetts, a stone’s throw from Boston, one of my favorite cities in the world.  Cindy and I were not only classmates, but great friends and debate partners at Klein Forest High School, and so it is completely unsurprising to me that she became the kind of lawyer that you would want to have if you needed one.  Her husband, Dave, ran the Boston marathon this year, as he does every year, and was safely home when the bombings started.   It was an excruciating time for the city, and yet since I have been here, I feel completely and utterly safe.  Bostonians have been unfailingly polite and helpful, and Christopher and I agree that Boston has the kind of fortitude that is a comfort.  They really are “Boston Strong,” and we see shirts everywhere we go reminding us of this undeniable fact.

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The Old State House

When you consider the history of Boston, which is really the history of America, you cannot help but catch a serious case of patriotism.   Christopher, who is almost 12, in the midst of his own personal revolution from childhood to adolescence, could hardly contain his excitement as we boarded our direct flight from Houston to Boston on July 11th.  This in itself is a miraculous example of freedom to me:  that we can get on a plane and be in Boston in about three hours.  We can leave the southwest and be in the northeast in no time at all. Continue reading

Amateurs

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One Saturday, a few Aprils ago, Christopher and I went to Nassau Bay, Texas, a stone’s throw from NASA, so he could work his first volunteer event as a Ham Radio Operator. The 5 K run was called “The 10th Annual Race for Yuri” in honor of the famous cosmonaut.  I have to tell you, when Christopher took a course at his junior high to become a licensed ham radio operator, the one word that entered my head was “Why?”  Doesn’t the world have cell phones now?  But then there were the terrible bombs at the Boston Marathon, and when no one could text or call because everything was jammed up, the Ham Operators got things done, and there was nothing in the skies obstructing their missions.  Christopher’s teacher, Nick Lance, was a retired NASA engineer, and fantastic with the students. I admit that I was so wrong about that course.  Sometimes, it is good to be wrong.

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