Just a Change in Scenery

I haven’t written about the tragedy in Boston, mainly because words just fail to express.  The sorrow, the anger, the confusion.

Anyway, Kathryn Lopez posted this awesome video of a Marine (who also had lost his legs) encouraging one of the Boston marathon victims while she’s in the hospital.

“This is just a change in scenery,” he tells her.

This is why I love America.

  • Jen C

    Thanks for sharing! Now I need to go put on more mascara… bawled through the whole thing

  • Bree Merr

    What a wonderful, inspiring video. Thanks for sharing. What a heroic young man to encourage the victims. God bless America, and our brave young men and women in the military, firefighters, policemen, first responders and citizens who support their neighbors and this great land.

  • rusty

    This is a real wake up call. What the terrorist did to “our” people really upsets me. We must be more careful, but we must not surrender more of our rights. Freedom isn’t free. My heart and all my love go out to these young women.

  • SSadf

    That is wonderful what he is doing. But why do people say stuff like ” this is why I love America?”. Do they think acts of kindness like this are only done in the USA? Nonsense…. And just shows an ignorance of the world outside the USA.

    • Bree Merr

      She and others (including me) say that because we are Americans and love our country. I appreciate Canadians loving their land or Europeans loving their land. We love our country and appreciate the courage and kindness of our fellow citizens. Hope this helps SSadf.

  • michael

    Yes very inspiring Bristol. Thank you. It’s good to get help from the experienced and professionals. It’s good for all of us to keep things in perspective and approach our difficulties with understanding, forethought, and hindsight. It is easy in these situations to feel overwhelmed.
    It is my understanding that dreams help us file this information properly in an accessible way. Which also means proper exercise or better, hard labor, is even more important to do for the injured as well as more difficult to accomplish.
    Thanks for reminding reminding us about the terrible attack Bristol. I, though, do feel better as I was trying to process negative emotions but I couldn’t identify the source, to process and understand (what happened in this case, not why) and to cope. Terrorism actually has it’s points for undeclared war (bad points for the honorable). It’s cheap, easily accomplished, and easy to learn. Jet Li, for example, would want to fight his enemy at his best. This could never be about civilians.
    I should have known my bad day was because of terrorism. This is exactly what they are trying to do. Let’s at least try to smile bigger and more often because, like what was done to us, smiles are contagious. Change the scenery! ;)

  • Misty

    Thank you for sharing this with us!

  • SSadf

    Btw, that’s a very ugly article Sarah Palin points to in “her ” only follow-up to the bombing. Especially when it appears that not feeling welcome in this country may be part of the root cause for the older brother’s anger. Just saying…..

  • SSadf

    Similarly, Sarah’s outrage over biblical verses being removed from military gun scopes is misplaced. First if all, this was dealt with two years ago. Secondly, the company that made the scopes is responsible and violated their government contract and had to fix the scopes. Thirdly, we are not engaged in a holy war and the biblical verses violated our military policy.

    • MiddleRoader

      I agree with you on this, SSadf. The company has every right to put Biblical verses, if they so choose, on scopes sold on the open market. But a soldier cannot choose which scope to use; he/she is issued one. I realize that everyone interprets the 1st Amendment freedom of religion differently, but my guess is that if the Army did not insist that the verses be removed, there would have been a lawsuit, and I think the courts would uphold the merit of the lawsuit. I think of it like this: What if the Army made every soldier carry a copy of the Bible with him/her. There would probably be outrage. These scopes were like making each soldier take a small piece of the Bible with him/her.

  • http://yahoo.com john norton

    Did U see the Pic with Michelle my belle 0bama in the hospital with the Saudi National… ? seeing who he is and who his family is,why is she there instead of visiting the others… ?

    • LynnD

      What a distgusting thing to say. The President and First Lady visited ALL the victims in the hospital. You really are a loser.

  • Dennis McHale

    Bristol, I had the same reaction to this as you. That military officer was so inspiring, and everyone that had a hand in bringing his physical and emotional well-being back to normalcy and the confidence he showed, should take a bow. Now he passes on this same great message to the victims of hatred. What a contrast between two healthy young men who have hate in the heart, acting to harm others, as opposed to a GREAT man whose life was altered and had every reason to hate, but instead shared his love for life. America can be a great country, when great people do great things. This is a continuation of those that help to heal others make life wonderful.

  • SSadf

    Well if that’s the case, great Bree. But it also can be read as Americans are exceptional for these good deeds. They aren’t. It happens all over the place. Good you know this.

  • SSadf

    John, our President and First Lady did visit the bombing victims in hospital.

  • David

    These Marines are still serving their Country.
    The Bombing Victims need any encouragement they can get.
    Good Story, Bristol.

  • michael

    “This is why I love America.” of course closed Bristol’s post. An article about working together and showing love and kindness to hurt civilians. Anyone claiming to be military would at least understand the concept of dragging an ally out of the line of fire to safety.
    The bible says we don’t know even know our own heart but from what I understand every American president we have had and have professed to be Christian. Separation from church and state wasn’t meant to “only allow atheism and kkk or any religion that practices sick unstable types of torture, everything else is illegal.” Trying to reason with home-grown terrorists ( SSadf, this guy knows what I’m talking about) doesn’t help, and terrorists claiming to not negotiate with terrorists are the highest form of hypocricy

    -Saint Nick

    Genesis 11:26-27 KJV
    And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran. [27] Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.

    Revelation 2:6, 15 KJV
    But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. [15] So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

  • SSadf

    Michael, it shouldn’t matter what religion, if any, our Presidents practice. Religion does not define how good you are.

  • SSadf

    Actually I should add that it would only matter if you belong to a radical branch of a religion, be it Islam, Christian, whatever. There would be problems there……

  • SSadf

    All true. And not only that Middle Roader, the verse speaks somewhat to the idea that some Americans gave that they are fighting a Holy War. Sarah Palin herself has called it that. It is not.

  • michael

    SSadf are you part of the SS? Because you look like an damn ungodly nazi fool wearing that. You sound like one too…

    How did scripture violate “our” military policy? Do you think the military spouses feel the “special interests” and secret police monitoring our churches like every southern baptist church having a mason violate any policies? Does it bother you nazi’s taking advantage of our women and men while their spouses are at work? Most horribly evil is our military personnel who could be deployed and away from them for extended amounts of time. I have witnessed this nazi bs firsthand.

    War is always about blood, faith, and sacrifice. Which means war is always holy. These young Americans fighting are the best people in the world. And you can disagree and harp on another country if you still have a problem with US being proud.

    It seems the worst thing about Sarah Palin is she is a Christian living in a country that has almost wholly forgot it’s roots and maker. I suppose you won’t be satisfied til we are made like Germany who lost two world wars. Eh, comrade?

    You think you have a problem with our scripture you can take the Mein Kampf and sideways stick it up your @$$

    Exodus 15:3 KJV
    The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is his name.

    John F. Kennedy Last Speech – Why he was shot…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er7mggAE_z8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • SSadf

    Wow Michael. I’m not sure where to even start with that. And I have absoliutwly no idea why you would think I’m a Nazi. ( I’m not by the way).

    American military are not ” the best people in the world” . Where do you get that? Who says they ate the best oeople? why? And America was founded on religious freedom…. That is, the right to practice whatever religion you believe in which includes the right to practice no religion. It does NOT mean that everyone has to believe in your God and your religion Michael.

  • michael

    SS (a nazi nickname):
    Okay this is not the time and place to troll. Though I will be forced to allow you to waste more of our time. I was offended by these statements (you DO sound like SOME form of philistine, and look like a nazi):

    “But why do people say stuff like ” this is why I love America?”.”

    -because we love America and appriciate those around us who want to help build her up and the others around us, must we try and explain this?

    “Do they think acts of kindness like this are only done in the USA?”

    -almost all acts of outward kindness done for America and Americans (“like this”) are done in America.

    “And just shows an ignorance of the world outside the USA.”

    -America, like China, blesses the whole world. You can call it ignoring if you like.

    “Btw, that’s a very ugly article Sarah Palin points to in “her ” only follow-up to the bombing.”

    -umm, noone else is using that word to describe anything about Sarah Palin…unless you are suggesting “her ” is not her, yes a waste of time you are.

    “Especially when it appears that not feeling welcome in this country may be part of the root cause for the older brother’s anger. Just saying…”

    -you mean people like you who are trying to push Americans out of America “because we are ignoring the rest of the world” justifies the Boston bombing? Then you are admitting to be a terrorist. Yeah okay.

    “Similarly, Sarah’s outrage over biblical verses being removed from military gun scopes is misplaced.”

    -this is before you mention freedom of religion.

    “we are not engaged in a holy war and the biblical verses violated our military policy.”

    -all war is bloody and a sacrifice enough to believe in something. All holy. Isn’t using our own personal verses that speak to our heart covered by freedom of religion you’ll pretend to support later?

    “it also can be read as Americans are exceptional for these good deeds. They aren’t. It happens all over the place. Good you know this.”

    -Americans are exceptional for most deeds done for America by Americans and for Americans. Good you know this now.

    “our President and First Lady did visit the bombing victims in hospital.”

    -so you speak up for the president. That’s good. But that also means besides looking like a terrorist you sound like a democrat…and trolling here. Thanks for explaining your extreme hatred for the Palins and all other holy things. I never would have guessed.

    “Michael, it shouldn’t matter what religion, if any, our Presidents practice. Religion does not define how good you are.”

    -well it sure matters to the voters.

    James 1:27 KJV
    Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

    “Actually I should add that it would only matter if you belong to a radical branch of a religion, be it Islam, Christian, whatever. There would be problems there……”

    -Christianity is not radical…please limit your posts to areas of your expertise and about what you know.

    “Wow Michael. I’m not sure where to even start with that. And I have absoliutwly no idea why you would think I’m a Nazi. ( I’m not by the way).
    American military are not ” the best people in the world” . Where do you get that? Who says they ate the best oeople? why? And America was founded on religious freedom…. That is, the right to practice whatever religion you believe in which includes the right to practice no religion. It does NOT mean that everyone has to believe in your God and your religion Michael.”

    -american military are the best people in the world, you have a shaded view of the world if I could be so bold. Americans believe our military are the best people in the world. People I talk to tell me this.My brother is military. People like you SS deny people religious freedom. Your religion is based on self according to your posts. I don’t believe in your god. I never ever suggested you could decide to deny yourself and die to be born again. I have wasted too much time trolling. I will make every effort to even look past your posts you absolutely have nothing to offer to me. Though I imagine with a nickname like that but being afraid to admit you are a nazi…if you WERE a nazi I would suggest you kill yourself…or come get a taste. Act like an American, or best like the American military. Let’s go to a funeral, your place or mine.

  • Tootie

    Have you noticed that Mr. Obama refuses to link Islam with the terrorist attacks in Boston or to any other attack like the Ft. Hood killings? I believe his guy Holder called the latter “work place violence.” Why Mr. Obama won’t do this is not clear. But it is clear to me and many others that Islam teaches violence. In the Koran it states that to kill Christians and Jews is doing God’s will. Lovely religion!

    • ManxMamma

      Try reading the bible, start with Deuteronomy 20:10-17.

  • SSadf

    Michael, I hardly know where to begin with you. But first off, calling me a nazi and a terrorist and suggesting I kill myself just makes you look silly. And judging from some of things you have posted about your life, I think you struggle with that. You don’t do yourself any favors Michael.

    American military are simply not the best people in the world. You may want to believe this but it’s not a fact. Also, no one(myself included) wants to deny you your religious freedom. Saying that we all do not have to share your religious beliefs is not the same as denying you your freedom Michael. And yes, there are radical Christians. The Westboro Baptist Church comes to mind.

  • SSadf

    Tootie, do you know any Muslims personally? I do. Wonderful, peaceful people who love their family and country just like you and me. Don’t confuse all Muslims with Radical Islamic terrorists.

  • MiddleRoader

    On a related note, just saw an in-hospital interview with a dance instructor who lost a foot in the Boston bombings. She’s determined to dance again, and I would not be surprised to see her in DWTS sometime in the future. Although she was just a spectator in this year’s marathon, she says she will run in next year’s. BTW, her husband, who recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, also suffered injuries to his lower extremities. I wish them, and all the other victims of the bombings, all the best.

  • SSadf

    Well, it lookslike Sarah Palin actually wrote one if her own FB posts, the one about her sisters marathon. Compare that writing to the other paid ones and you’ll see the big difference. Palin Inc.

    Heath Inc too, because she also pretty much lets it slip that her sister gets paid by Sarah PAC too ( ” postage”= Trig care?).

    • otlset

      You have no proof, just mean-spirited and malicious conjecture. You need to grow up and go sully a website more deserving of your rumors and innuendo — an Obama site — as not only does Obama NOT write anything he speaks or is credited with writing, but he’s obviously lazy and doesn’t do any work governing either by the looks of the absolute mess he’s made of things since fooling the idiotic majority of the electorate into voting him into office.

  • Joseph

    In the worst of things in life, God is able to turn things around for the better, and I’m believing for that over these two women and over all the victims in this Boston bombing, as well as their families. Thanks for sharing this, Bristol!


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