Tuesday, April 16, 2013

OOTD | Monday

Jacket: Black Rivet via HauteLook | Tee: Gap | Tank: Target | Jeans: American Eagle | Flats: Payless | Bracelet: Target | Necklace: ASOS

When I woke up Monday the most difficult part of my day was having to go to all 12 of the classes I have left in all of law school and having to wear a whole lot of patent/pleather because the forecast was all rain rain go away.

And for whatever reason I hate that I'm smiling in that picture. I know, I know, pre-Monday afternoon Sam had no way to know and I shouldn't judge her but come on you insensitive prick.

This Boston thing hit me hard, you guys. I was raised on marathons and triathlons. My mom and I spent hours and hours and hours cheering on runners and making friends and listening to Grapevine and Magic Carpet Ride blasting on the loudspeakers (we were, literally, The People Who Watch Marathons). Dad would come get me a few hundred feet from the end and take my hand - and no matter who was right behind him when he picked me up, they'd always make sure not to pass him so he wouldn't lose his finishing place - and we'd run across the finish line together. I was so little and I loved it so much. That little boy who died was me, you know? He waited all day to hug his daddy when he finally crossed that line and then he went back to his mom and their whole lives exploded.

I don't want to live in a world where people plant bombs to hurt and kill people who dedicated their whole day to cheer on total strangers. But I do.

When I started to get really, really sad, I focused on the stories about the marathoners who kept running straight to the hospital to give blood, the people ripping their clothes up to make tourniquets, the people opening their homes, the people running toward the bombs. People ran toward bombs on Monday, you guys. Not soldiers or doctors or cops or people trained to do that kind of thing (although they did it too, and that's just as awesome) but normal everyday people. By the second blast they knew it wasn't some accident. They were literally under physical attack and they ran. toward. bombs. to help people they'd never met.

And the beautiful part? You and I would have done it too. I wondered about that for awhile. Would I? Would I have been too scared? And I know that I would have been terrified, and they were terrified, but I know that we would do what they did because we are good. And no matter what we lose, no matter the beautiful amazing people they take away from us, they can't win.

"We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago. 
So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, 'The good outnumber you, and we always will.'"

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Thanks for being one of the happy parts of my week :)


  1. This is such a heartfelt post. Thank you for sharing.

  2. What does OOTD stand for? I keep seeing it but I have no idea what it means! Help!!!

  3. I love this outfit and the ripped jeans. Love being casual. :)

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  4. Sam, this was a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your reflections on what happened in Boston. You put into words what I've been feeling and have been unable to articulate.

  5. this made me cry at work today.

  6. Aww, how sweet. I love the story about you and your family. I agree with you, I would have been scared, but I would have helped too.


  7. Sweet girl, this was one of my favorite posts about this tragedy. You spoke from your heart and put it out there....you are so right...most of us would've have been right there to help because there STILL is good in this world. I am so sorry this hit so close to home for you. Hugs!

  8. Sam, I'm so sorry that this tragedy had such an impact on your life:( This is such a beautifully written post and such a strong indication of your character.
    Love your outfit too. We have practically the same outfit on in our posts today.

    XO, Gina

  9. Beautifully written. As a person who runs marathons, the people who watch and cheer for us are the true champions. Thank you.

  10. Sam, this was a really thoughtful post and I really feel how it impacts your life. I cant believe how many sick people are out there doing sth crucial like this. I am glad they have been caught though. On another side note, I think you have such a great writing skill dear, its so emotional and very descriptive, you should have become a journalism. I remember the post you wrote when that horrible school shooting happened back in december, it was very touching as well.

    Hug ya :-*


  11. Beautiful post! You are one of the good ones lady! The story about you and your father brought happy tears to my eyes... the sweetest

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