If the Boston marathon bombings and their aftermath were traumatic for the Boston area, they were especially tough for Watertown, where accused terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was finally apprehended last Friday after a search that paralyzed the town. Now Watertown residents are trying to put last week behind them and finding that it’s not so easy to do.

Chris Whitbeck lives on Otis Street in Watertown, about a block away from where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured last Friday. Three days ago, her neighborhood resembled a war zone. Today, she’s out doing yard work.

"I’m really glad to be out," Whitbeck said. "It’s gorgeous that it’s spring. I’m trying to get in the spring feeling, and put the other behind."

But Whitbeck says that while gardening is helping her to put last week’s events behind her, that relief is … inconsistent.

"It’s a struggle," she said. "Sometimes I’m completely happy and lost in doing it. And other times waves of bad stuff comes up."

It doesn’t help that the street where Tsarnaev was captured is still an active crime scene cordoned off and teeming with law enforcement. Sandy Jaffe lives just around the corner and says that while she’s been trying to resume her everyday routine, this spot keeps pulling her back.

"It’s hard not to be drawn to this area, with all this stuff going on, since I have a front row seat," she said. "So I’ll probably take my dog out a couple more times and see what’s going on."

Jaffe says she woke up today feeling “rattled” and “anxious.” Still, she says, that pales in comparison to the people maimed in the bombings.

"Those people are forever, forever changed," Jaffe said. "Our lives in Watertown were changed for two days. But those people, their lives were changed forever. And that’s a lot of people."

But other Watertown residents may be more vulnerable. Donna Benites says her younger children were deeply shaken by the lockdown and Tsarnaev’s violent capture. She’s trying to reassure them.

"I’m trying to tell them that what they refer to as the bad man, he’s gone, he’s captured," Benites said. "And the police are here to take care of us, and that they did such a great job we should be thankful for what they’ve done."

But Benites adds that now her eight-year-old wants to know why evil exists. Maybe that question will recede as the memory of last week fades away. And Chris Whitlock says it will.

"You can tell it’s already fading," Whitlock said. "Most of the time, we mostly heal from traumas. I can tell it’s processing, and it will process. I just wish it would go a little faster."

But given what Watertown’s been through – that may be asking too much.