As a Plymouth, MA-based company full of runners (and riders), the tragic events of Marathon Monday hit particularly close to home for SmartPakers, both emotionally and geographically. But if you’ve been on Facebook, Twitter or just about any other social media platform within the last few days, you’ve probably witnessed the amazing outpouring of support the entire country has been showing our city. One of our personal favorites is the repeated use of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Thanks to a very cool social campaign, Bostonians now have the opportunity to show just how much light and love we have.
Today has been dubbed as “Boston Spirit Day,” where Bostonians have a chance to show our strength, solidarity and pride by rocking the gear of the city we love. SmartPakers were eager to participate, and now we’re excited to share with you some photos from our day, and some thoughts about our city.
God Bless all the people of Boston. SmartPak has its roots in Boston and takes great pride in being a part of this magnificent city. It is the home of great leaders, an outstanding equestrian community, successful businesses, elite universities, wicked awesome sports teams, and most importantly strong-willed people that can overcome any challenge with morality, integrity and pride. We are honored to call this city our home and its people our family.
Paal C. Gisholt, President & CEO
Thomas K. McCain, Executive Vice President & CFO
What I love most about Boston is all the memories it’s given me. They’re too many too list but the least of which will be the memories from this week. It will always be difficult to remember the horrible things that have now happened, but I never want to forget how much goodness Boston has shown during it all. – Laura P., Customer Care
Large enough to be one of America’s greatest cities, small enough to call my home. Boston xo – Susan T., Barn Sales
As a native New Yorker, I am still a Yankees and Giants fan, but I have embraced living in Massachusetts and have come to love the city of Boston, mostly for its spirit and pride. For the past 3 years I have spent Marathon Monday rooting on the runners, including my husband. The energy of the day is unexplainable and it’s unlike any other event. As the President said on Thursday “this time next year, on the third Monday in April, the world will return to this great American city to run harder than ever, and to cheer even louder, for the 118th Boston Marathon.” Knowing the people of Boston and the nationwide support, I am betting on it. I am proud to call Boston home. – Kate M., Marketing
Though I’m technically born and raised on the South Shore, about 40 minutes from the city, I’ve always taken pride in being “from Boston”. No matter where I’ve travelled, I have always found comfort in finding anything that bears the name or symbol of my home. I’m sure that’s true of anyone. Whether an image of my beloved Fenway Park, a silly cartoon teasing us about our use of the term “wicked”, or a serene shot of rowers on the river. Boston is history, beauty, strength, and love. Boston is my home. – Sara R., Customer Care
I’m from Sandy Hook, CT, and the outpouring of support that Boston and the rest of the world showed my hometown made me so humbled during our time of need, and the support from my hometown for Boston even though we’re still struggling to overcome our own tragedy is absolutely amazing. I was proud to be a transplanted “Bostonian” then, and I’m even more proud now as people from all over pull together to support everyone that has been affected by such a terrible event. I am Sandy Hook, I am Boston, and I choose love, I choose hope, I stand with Sandy Hook, and I stand with Boston. – Jess D., Customer Care
I was born and raised in New York, and with that comes an inherent dislike for all things Boston. When I moved here to work at SmartPak, I thought I’d forever be an outsider. Boy was I wrong. There’s something so incredibly wonderful about Boston that you just can’t help but fall in love with the city and consider its people your family. I lived in New York in 2001, and I know that cities and people can bounce back from tremendous tragedy and pain. I have no doubt in my heart that Bostonians will come back stronger and more united than ever. I can’t wait to watch the runners cross the finish line next year. Heck, maybe I’ll even be one of them! – Sarah P., Marketing
I can’t put my Boston pride into words. It’s such a part of the fabric of me that maybe there are no words—I was born here, went to school here, graduated from 2 Boston colleges, and started my career here. All I can really say is, “We are Boston, and we are strong.” – Kristin P., Creative
It may not be my hometown, but Boston is a part of me. It’s a part of anyone who has ever visited. It’s about the history, it’s about the sports, and the music, and the culture. Most importantly it’s about the people – that is Boston Pride! – Cathlin B., Finance
I grew up in Vermont, but attended UMass Amherst and have lived in Massachusetts for 14 years. Also, my parents lived, worked, and were married in Boston before settling in Vermont. Boston is the heart of what it means to be a New Englander; kind, quirky, tough, proud, and badass. – Jessica N., Marketing
Boston isn’t a place it’s an identity. – Lara F., Merchandising
I worked on Boylston Street for three years and can honestly say that once Boston it is in your blood, you’re a Bostonian for life. It is a city that wears its heart on its sleeve – especially its sports hearts. Boston Pride was practically palpable in the air during things like playoffs, holidays and Patriots Day. My former offices have been part of a crime scene all week, and I can’t imagine my beloved neighborhood being the same for a long time. But I know that Boston Pride runs deep and will remain Boston Strong! – Elizabeth R., Customer Care
The history engrained in every winding street is palpable, as you walk through Boston. The mix of long established educational institutions, legendary music venues and cultural centers makes for such a dynamic city. Even though I don’t live in Boston proper, I feel a pride for the city, and all the memories I have growing up around its culture. – Bjorn M., Marketing
Boston pride is special. When someone asks a us to tell them about ourselves, we don’t begin with “Well, I play tennis,” or “I’m a writer,” we always start with “I’m from Boston”. – Annie C., Marketing
B-O-S-T-O-N, born and raised – my home.
Boston is all I know. It is where I was brought up & has molded me to be the person that I am.
I have walked the streets of this city with my mother & sister shopping every weekend since childhood,
For Celtics, RedSox, Bruins, & Patriots celebratory parades.
As a child, constantly being taken to the historical locations to remember those that have helped create this country.
Cruising on the Boston Harbor with my father after docking for lunch.
It’s where I fell in love.
The North End’s Little Italy is where our love flourished.
It’s where I overlooked the city at Priscilla of Boston’s when choosing my wedding dress.
Fenway Park is where I celebrated birthdays, graduations, and my bachelorette.
It’s where I have worked before, and during college, and learned the knowhow of my trade.
I am Boston, and no matter where I go in the future, it is the place I love to call home. – Brett P., Customer Care