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Mom heads to Boston

A treat from a dedicated marathoner and her son.

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On Saturday, April 13, I was flying back to Boston from the West Coast, eager to get home.  As I approached my row, I saw what appeared to be a “goodie’’ bag on my seat, as well as on several seats around mine. Enclosed was this note: “Hi, I want to apologize in advance if I am a pain during your flight today. I am 6 months old and this is my first flight. My mommy is running the Boston Marathon — a race she finally qualified to run after 12 marathons before she had me. She might never qualify again so here we are on my first long trip. I will try to be good, but if I get scared and cry, please forgive me. Thank you, Ace.” Ace was adorable and didn’t need to bribe us, but I have been wondering how this young family has weathered this tragedy.

Bruce Cohen / Brookline

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