As she stared at the images of the Boston Marathon explosion at the Logan International airport, Tara Grantham wondered if she saw her son — who crossed the finish line earlier that day — for the last time.
Monday was a day Grantham will never forget. What was supposed to be a special day, a day to celebrate her son's accomplishments, ended in shock and terror as the news of the explosions unfolded and for a few minutes, with the whereabouts of her son and his family unknown, she faced fear.
"It started out as an absolutely beautiful, perfect day for the event," Grantham, owner of Versailles Total Fitness, said.
Tara and her husband, Steve, made the trip to Boston to support their son, Joseph Frazier, who was running the marathon. A graduate of Versailles High School, Frazier, along with his wife and two children, made the trip from their home in Beaumont, Texas to meet the Grathams in Boston.
The family, including Fraziers two young children, were waiting for Frazier in what Grantham referred to as the family gathering area as he crossed the finish line. Fraziers time was three hours and 28 minutes. Less than 45 minutes after Frazier crossed the finish line, the area erupted in chaos as two explosions, one right after the other, ripped through the large crowd.
"Thank God he is fast," Grantham said. Had Frazier not finished the race so quickly, Grantham and her family might have been directly involved in the attack.
The Granthams left the site of the race within minutes of Frazier crossing the finish line to make their flight back to Missouri.
She and her husband took a moment to say a quick goodbye, gave the grandkids a quick hug and kiss and headed to the airport.
It wasn't until they were walking through the airport and stopped at a restaurant to grab a bite to eat before their flight, that they saw the news. As it began to sink in, Grantham realized what she was looking at was the very same spot where she had just left her son, daughter-in-law and grandkids.
"It was really scary," Grantham says of the moment she first learned of the explosions. "I remember thinking, 'did I say goodbye to them for the last time?'"
Grantham describes those first moments as pure shock and terror. She immediately called her son. After a few tries, she finally managed to reach her daughter-in-law. Fortunately, Frazier and his family had also left the area and were on their way back to their hotel when the bombs exploded. Although they were delayed in traffic, they were able to get to their hotel where they were staying until the end of the week.
Page 2 of 2 - By late Monday, the Granthams were back home in Missouri. In recalling the events of the day, Grantham said she is grateful her son crossed the finish line early and that no one in the family got caught in the attack.