Editorial: Time heals, and this one will be tough

Apr. 16, 2013 @ 02:43 PM

Shock, sting and sadness will take some time to heal.

Traumatic events such as what played out in Boston on Monday always do.

We grieved and resolved after the events at Newtown, Conn., last December. We were dumbfounded and angry after a theater rampage in Aurora, Colo. Name a college campus with a traumatic event and most of the same feelings and reactions came with them, too.

Eventually, we remember the events but without the same level of emotion. And that’s for better or worse.

In some cases, we might well have been better to stay on edge. Parents of the children and loved ones at Sandy Hook Elementary didn’t soon forget, and they’ve been visiting Washington to keep the pressure on.

They’re not alone. Others connected to horrific tragedies haven’t forgotten easily.

But what happened Monday strikes us all in a unique way because of its unique script. We don’t know all the answers, but what happened to innocent spectators and runners in a road race synonymous with the name of the city was chilling.

One moment, they’re cheering on runners in the fourth hour of a race, many of whom might likely have been fortunate enough to barely make the qualifying times. The winners had finished more than an hour earlier, as had several age group champions.

In another moment, limbs are leaving bodies. Blood is all around. News reports change information minute to minute.

Two explosions changed lives forever. And not just at this race or city.

Every time we as a country and society are violated, we make changes. We find ways to deal with what we’ve experienced.

It happened after Sept. 11, 2001, in the most dramatic and notable of ways. But it has happened throughout history, both before and since. Security measures also do when there is a violation, whether a public venue or something personal.

Bad people do bad things. It is a sad fact of life we lament.

Days will become weeks and months, and we will move forward. We offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims of Monday’s tragic events. And we hope for justice.

But it’s going to take time.