One year ago, I had the opportunity to enjoy dinner at Top of The Hub in Boston with three friends. The dinner was put on by Grey Goose Vodka and Boston Globe Events. It was the night before the marathon. Now, I know there will be a lot of stories like this floating around, but I felt I should share.
We arrived at the Prudential Center, after navigating our way through the streets in a cab, since so much had been shut down in preparation for the Boston Marathon the following day. Myself, my boyfriend and two of our best friends were dressed in our best. The weather was unseasonably warm. We took an elevator to the top, our ears popping on the way up.
When we entered the restaurant, a photographer was there from the Boston Globe and we were escorted to the best seats in the house. The ones at the very corner of the building overlooking the Charles River. From every angle, we could see the city, out to the ocean and back. It was truly breathtaking. During our dinner, the sun was setting over the city and we could not help but continue to look out the windows, awe struck by the scenery.
Taking in the view
All of us have a strong connection to the city, whether we lived here, grew up here, family worked here, whatever it was, we love this city!
Many people feel this connection, but our experience at the Top of the Hub that day was made very special because of this. All the memories we have, together as friends, separate with family or on our own. We all reminisced and discussed these memories over our delicious dinner.
Our tasting menu, paired with Grey Goose Cocktails.
Not a care in the world, just joy. So many photos were taken and we were just smiling the whole time. The next day, Patriots Day, Marathon Monday, another day to be proud of our city. We saw some of the marathoners on TV, enjoyed some time on the beach in the beautiful weather and life was good. A joyful weekend, filled with gratitude, memories and pride.
However, I refuse to let those things be tainted by the events of April 15, 2013. Those memories are all still good ones which I will enjoy revisiting. I will still venture into the city for work, for family, for friends, for games and events. I will not let who ever wanted to rain on the parade or the marathon for that matter, ruin it. In Boston, a little rain is nothing we can’t over come.
So I will place my efforts where I can best, towards enjoying life during every moment. Towards sharing love with those in my life. Towards working to make this world better in any way I can. I will not feed the hate that I want to feel right now but help in any way possible. My thoughts are with all those touched by this horrific event. I hope that we can all live as if today could be our last because these days you never know.