When Fen sent an invite on Facebook to a flash mob hosted by The FAM, my first impulse was to click delete. But I hesitated because it was in honor of the Boston Marathon victims, and when I heard the song Beat As One and saw the choreography (by The Z Spot's Lena Andrade), I changed my mind. Being in a flash mob was the last thing on my to-do list but this event wasn't about me. It was about making a declaration of unity and support for each other in response to the tragedy that occurred one year ago. It was a terrible day, week, and months after. It's something you don't want to think about, but have to, because there are disabled survivors in our own communities. They are our inspiration. Below are photos I took from the rehearsal at the Prudential Center just before the actual flash mob with more than 200 participants.
The song describes how everyone goes through trials and we do our best to stay positive and not breed bitterness, but the only way to really achieve this is with the help of others. We can't move forward alone, at least not for very long, and you may be surprised who steps forward to meet you in your worst moments. "When trouble happens right before our faces. Is it better if we look the other way? The best things come from unexpected places. My heart is your heart."
This day I saw diversity in age, ethnicity, and ability, but I'd agree the underlying motivation was unity as the song title suggests.
Everyone's thoughts were with the Boston Marathon victims at each rehearsal and the actual flash mob. There was also joy, and I believe through every dance step we wished we could send the survivors joy and hope for the future.
The Beat As One flash mob took place Sunday April 13 outside the Pru on Boylston Street. Below, we try to look inconspicuous and casual before it begins.
Sasha, below, was working in the Pru and watering plants as we were waiting. He'd never heard of a flash mob before but after we described it, he decided to wing the choreo and do the whole thing with us...which he did with water pitcher in hand!
And, the final video!
Thanks to The FAM for an amazing day. God bless Boston and the Marathon runners on Monday!