Stuck on this Track

I am stuck on the Regional Rail in Providence, Rhode Island.  The train ahead of us accidentally hit a trespasser walking along the line.  No one was killed, they said, but when these things happen there’s usually about a 4 hour delay.  I only want to make it to the next stop.  Life is short but there are times when it feels very long.

Writer and director Nora Ephron died last Tuesday at age 71 from leukemia.  As I sit and wait for things to get moving again, I uncover something she once said in an interview:

“You do get to a certain point in life where you have to realistically understand that the days are getting shorter and you can’t put things off thinking you’ll get to them someday.  If you really want to do them, you better do them.  There are simply too many people getting sick, and sooner or later you will.  So I’m very much a believer in knowing what it is that you love doing so you can do a great deal of it.” 

I wonder if the person who was hit by that train had a similar revelation.  In the meantime, the conductor tells us we’re “on hold.”  Am I being sent a message?  Perhaps it’s time for me to get off my own rutted track and get moving.

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About HomenDunRoamin

Teaching Artist & Writer: fiction, poetry & nonfiction. Recently completed work: a hybrid memoir. In progress: a novel set in an unnamed Latin American country on the brink of war. The book examines violent and nonviolent resistance and the choices women are forced to make to survive.
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