During both 9/11 and the Marathon bombings I have been surrounded by children. In 2001, I was a nanny to four in Newton, and right now I’m a parent to two in Waltham. So after both of these tragedies — and after Newtown, Conn., too — my reaction to the violence has been to focus inward, to maintain calm, to keep up the routine of daily life.
Quietly I think about the victims. My daughter is just a bit younger than Martin Richard. I see pictures of his grin and wonder when she, too, will loose a tooth.