4.18.2013

Okay


How are you, friends? I hope well. Many of you wrote to check in on us after the bombing here on Monday, and we so appreciate it. I wanted to stop by today to thank you, and to let anyone who might still be wondering know that Eli, Mia, and I, and all of our Boston family and friends are, thankfully, okay. Shaken and sad, but okay.

Our thoughts are with those who are suffering. I hope with all my heart that you are not among them.

I'll have some cake for you soon. For now, I'd like to share a piece I wrote for Tablet Magazine about running, fear, and Boston that appeared on Tuesday morning.

Also, The One Fund. If you're so inclined, I hope you'll join me in donating to help the victims and families of the attack.

Sending much love your way. xo.

17 comments:

Alison said...

Just read your piece - it's beautiful. Everything in good time - I think that's the saying? :) Glad to hear that you and your family are ok.

Kim said...

Wonderful article Jess. Can't wait to read your book.

Lecia Phinney said...

Your article took my breath away. I understand so much of what you wrote about from my own experiences, and yet there were elements I can't even imagine living through. You are a brave lady and I am so glad to know you. xo

Amanda Niehaus said...

Just beautiful, Jess. I felt every word, through that broken clothespegged place in my own right breast. Your writing gets me like that, in such a good way :)

xx

David Starr said...

Jess:
Thank you for the Tablet piece. The balance of compassion for self and pushing oneself: so true. DBS

Hannah said...

Beautiful Jess, I love it even more on second read.

*also, Kyle just told me one of the suspects was a lifeguard at a Harvard pool - I thought of you and Mia and the day of the whole chicken to stay. Oh this world. Stay safe there.

A Plum By Any Other Name said...

Hope you guys are doing okay during this. Please let all this terrible business be over soon. Looking forward to reading your piece; it's something else to focus on besides being on lockdown.

-Emily

molly said...

Thought of you three, all day, Monday. And the three days after. Most especially today.

And of course, the Tablet piece. I remember thinking, when Max was born, that I knew to expect the dirty diapers and sleepless nights, but no one warned me about the joy, the unbounded giddy. And no one schooled me on the pit of writhing snakes, that wide gasping fear that arrives with newborns, sure as onesies. Part of the package, I think. I'll take it.

xo,
Molly

Lynda Turner said...

Hello, I'm glad to hear you and your family were not harmed in the bombings, we are holding your community in our hearts...

Thank you for sharing so generously of yourself and your friends and family. Your words broaden my horizons and my heart.

Raquelita said...

Your article took my breath away. It was thoughtfully articulated and brilliant in emoting without tipping into sentimentality, offering real hope without platitudes.

Thank you for sharing it - and your life - with us.

Pia said...

What a brave piece, Jess. And so very beautifully balanced between the stoic telling on an old fear and the emotions that run beside you. Thank you for sharing it.

Art & Lemons said...

I read your article in Tablet and your voice and truth resonates throughout the story in such a beautiful way. I'm glad as well to hear you are all safe.

Nikki

El said...

Glad to hear you guys are okay. Counting our blessings. Peace.

Kasey said...

Jess, I am so glad to hear you and your little fam are ok. I have been spending less time reading things I want to read these days, and my brain is all sorts of all over the place, so please forgive me for not checking in sooner. I look forward to reading your piece, and send you lots of hugs.

jenious said...

Jess, I'm happy that you and yours are safe and sound. Beautiful article. Big hug to you, my dear.

Kate said...

Thank you for:
- this heavenly concoction.
- being brave and writing about your post-partum experience.
- reminding us what words can do. I'd love to know what you like to read during breakfast.

Jess said...

A very belated thank you to the very kind and generous notes you've all left here. Even when I don't manage to make it back here to say so, I hope you know how much it means to me.

Kate, you asked what I'm reading lately at breakfast. I've been dipping into Annie Dillard's The Writing Life for some morning inspiration, lately. This week I'm also reading The Pomegranate King by my friend, Nishta Mehra.