Like most of you, I was riveted all week by the dramatic story unfolding in Boston. I went to bed Friday night believing the people of that city remained gripped by a violent suspect who was still on the run. What a relief to wake up Saturday morning and hear on the radio that he had been apprehended. The people of Boston endured the impact of misguided hate — they kept calm and carried on.Boston harbor

What follows is part of Scott Simon’s NPR commentary from April 20:

This week’s assault and tragedies in Boston could have caused scrambling, fright and panic. Instead, they revealed character. People ran unflinchingly into smoke, fire and blood. They worked through weariness, opened their arms and gave of their hearts.


Friday night, I got an email from my friend Gordon. He works in a restaurant and opened the doors so people from the race could stumble in for shelter and comfort. Friends who run a family bakery nearby came in crying.

“It will be some time before my anger subsides,” Gordon said. The restaurant, which is usually bright and loud with laughter, has been quiet and somber. “Boston’s characteristic cocky humor is taking a backseat,” he said, but adds, “I was struck by the calm, serious resolve not to be intimidated. Boston is a tough, smart, proud town. We know what’s important … Bostonians refuse to lose our trust for one another.”

And when police arrested the 19-year-old suspect Friday night, Boston ended a week that opened with a vicious crime of violence with an act of justice.