Monday, March 29, 2010

Stunned but Safe


I just woke up here in Boston, only to roll over and check my email... And instantly I saw the flood of emails about the bombings that took place at rush hour in the Moscow subway.

I am so angry! This act of terrorism is personal! They bombed a station we use regularly and that I love dearly for its beauty—Park Kultury. I was just in there last week with both girls when we went ice skating; that's when I took these pictures. A major "transfer" hub, that station is also one used by a large percent of metro-using students and teachers from our school!

Marble bas-reliefs in the Park Kultury station

I immediately called Moscow (they hadn't wanted to wake us up in the middle of the night) and learned that everyone from our school is safe—but some of them were, indeed, in the station when it happened and saw it transpire.

My family rarely uses the subway during our actual commute; they're all fine. The girls are back at school and Chris is at work. (After a week at home, the girls were EAGER to return to classes and their friends—so much so, that they told our babysitter they were supposed to be at school an hour early this morning!)

The kids from Moscow will be waking up shortly and they'll start getting calls from their folks back home. (Considering that most of my students have ridden the metro more in their lives during our time in NYC and Boston, I doubt their parents use the subway that often, either—so I'm sure they're all fine!)

17 comments:

Michelle said...

Oh Thank G-d. Many prayers.

I hate that these things happen. It is such a personal attack.

Glued to the tv...tring to make sense of the sensless.

Jacey said...

Oh Good!
I read a news article about it jsut now, and my first thought was you and your family.
Glad everyone you know is okay.

swissmiss♥lotti said...

I logged onto the computer this morning and that news story was immediately on the home page. I gasped and internally cried, "oh no!" and quickly rushed over to your blog. I'm glad that you're all okay.

Katie (and Tony) said...

I did the same thing as swissmiss. I immediately thought of you and hopped on over to check in on you. So glad you are all safe and sound. This bombing makes me mad too! I pray for those who did not make it and for those who did, I pray for comfort and peace.
Katie
Mommy to Jack from Chely and Grace from Poland
(but you know that by now, I think...)

Anonymous said...

I'm a college student and a huge fan of your blog; your daughters remind me so much of my sister and me when we were younger.

During a break from my all-night preparations for a history exam, I checked CNN and saw the breaking story about the attack. I immediately thought of your family with concern. I'm so relieved to hear that you and the ones you care about are safe, and I'm sorry that you've been affected in a deeply personal way by something so ugly.

-M.

garnet said...

So glad to see your posting -- I'd been looking for it and hoping to hear that your family is all safe.

We had a special day off school with a waterpark trip so I got up a bit later this morning, checked the blogs, saw your most recent one, then went straight to Facebook where I saw another friend's posting about Moscow. Of course I immediately thought of you (this other friend is currently out of the country). It was strange to think that as it was the middle of the night there you probably didn't know yet. Hope no one on your trip will be personally affected by the tragedy.

Jojo, Julz, Julianne said...

I am so glad you posted this...I woke up terrified for you and all that we sort of "KNOW" in moscow...
We are sending you some love and warm feelings to try and make you feel safe.

Anonymous said...

Another college student who reads your blog all the time!

You were the first person I thought of when I heard the news. Glad to hear that you and your family are alright.

Enjoy your time in Boston!! Thats where I live (well, just outside the city) and Im also going to school there.

I look forward to seeing pics of my hometown =)

Danielle

Anonymous said...

Hi Tammy. I'm a friend of your mom's and was stunned and scared this morning when I heard. Thank God your family is all safe. I knew you'd be anxious being 'state-side' with all this going on. Glad you're well, but very sad to hear of this attack on your home away from home. Amy Hollis

The Expatresse said...

Glad everyone from the school is safe. Sorry for those who had to witness this. I've been very sad all day.

Meghan said...

I commented once before here, don't know if you saw or not. I'm a high school student. I heard the story on the radio this morning before school and I am so sad that someone would do this, not only to the beautiful metro, but to kill those people. I am also stunned, and my prayers are going out to Moscow.

Rachael said...

Is this the beautiful one (on the inside) with the tacky swimsuit/pharmacy, etc. vendors on the outside that we bought our tickets at with you when we were there last?

So glad everyone you know is okay. So horrible!

JENNIFER EREMEEVA said...

Good to know that you and your students and family are all okay. I was struck how well Facebook works in this kind of situation, as people sign in and tell you they are okay. Stay safe and hope the trip continues to be a success!

Russian Life said...

Glad to your family and everyone at school is safe. I feel blessed as all my friends check-in and report they are safe. However, it breaks my heart to know someone out there is not as lucky as me today. They lost someone in the blast.
I plan on hopping back on the metro today. We all just have to continue to live our lives...

Elle J said...

I saw the news this morning and immediately thought of the American Girls in Moscow! I am glad to hear that all is well in that regard, sad to hear of the tragedy. Wishing you all well as you learn more and live with this new scar in the city.

Anonymous said...

As many others have already commented, I no more than read the headlines and quickly went to your blog to make sure you and yours were well. What a senseless, selfish act towards innocent people...

Cathy from the Dakotas

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that you as well as your family and friends are okay.

I have been reading your blog for the past year and really enjoy learning about your experience, related with an enriching honesty and optimism.

Hope the rest of your trip to the states is enjoyable,
Dana