neVer forgeT 4-16-07

16 Apr

(After the terrible tragedy at the Boston Marathon, my heart is even heavier than usual on this day.  I spent most of yesterday afternoon watching and listening to the information coming out, praying for all of those who were affected. I know from experience that sometimes you don’t have to be physically injured to be emotionally in pain. So my thoughts and prayers are with anyone and everyone who was affected.)

To most people, this is just a normal Tuesday in April. To most people it means spring time and traffic jams and the mid-week slump. To most people this day has no special significance.

But for me, and thousands of my fellow Virginia Tech Hokies, we wake up with heavy hearts and painful memories. Ones that I still, 6 years later, don’t feel that I have the proper words to express.

6 years. But it still feels like it could have easily been yesterday.

Because I don’t really have the words to express my feelings on this day and what it means to me, and all of my fellow Hokies, I can only turn to the words of Nikki Giovanni – distinguished Virginia Tech professor and poet, and captured what everyone was feeling that day.

We are Virginia Tech.

We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on, we are embracing our mourning.

We are Virginia Tech.

We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly, we are brave enough to bend to cry, and we are sad enough to know that we must laugh again.

We are Virginia Tech.

We do not understand this tragedy. We know we did nothing to deserve it, but neither does a child in Africa dying of AIDS, neither do the invisible children walking the night away to avoid being captured by the rogue army, neither does the baby elephant watching his community being devastated for ivory, neither does the Mexican child looking for fresh water, neither does the Appalachian infant killed in the middle of the night in his crib in the home his father built with his own hands being run over by a boulder because the land was destabilized. No one deserves a tragedy.

We are Virginia Tech.

The Hokie Nation embraces our own and reaches out with open heart and hands to those who offer their hearts and minds. We are strong, and brave, and innocent, and unafraid. We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be. We are alive to the imaginations and the possibilities. We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all our sadness.

We are the Hokies.

We will prevail.

We will prevail.

We will prevail.

We are Virginia Tech.

To Stack, Leslie, and Madame. 329 Strong. Springfield love. Je me souviens.

We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be.

Let us live each day for all of those – Hokies, Bostonians, or others – who will no longer have the chance. We now have the responsibility to live twice as hard. 

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2 Responses to “neVer forgeT 4-16-07”

  1. Taryn April 16, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    We are all Hokies today. neVEr forgeT

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