Posted by: Diane | September 9, 2012


Have you heard of the TV series,  Extreme Makeover Home Edition?

Each episode features a family that has faced some sort of recent or ongoing hardship, in need of new hope and a new home. The Show’s producers coordinate with a local construction contractor and hundreds of community volunteers – together, they demolish the old and build a new house. When the family returns from a week’s holiday, there’s a big bus parked infront of the house and the entire community shouts in anticipation, MOVE THAT BUS!”  

Hold that thought.

This morning, Chris and I were woken up by a quiet knock on our bedroom door.

The train has stopped on the track. I can’t get out.”

Drew was heading to a TV shoot in Toronto, where he was going to be “fill in background”  for an upcoming series, Hannibal. Yes, that’s right – one of the most iconic villains of contemporary literature and cinema, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is about to walk the streets of Toronto…so Drew can’t be late.

Problem is that the train is blocking the exit on our road and there’s no other way out. Chris got up to see what he could do to assist Drew in his dilemma and I laid in bed thinking, “MOVE THAT TRAIN!”

We have a CN Emergency phone number, which we called one other time. Last year, Chris headed out at 2:30 am because he had to catch a 5:00 a.m. plane in Toronto. Our road was blocked again. We waited about 45 minutes and finally, we called the emergency number and communicated our concern.  Interesting enough, the train started to move and Chris was able to leave.

Not this time. We were informed that there was a death on the tracks. That train wasn’t going anywhere until the police did their investigation.

So, Drew had to wait.

Eventually, the train moved, Drew jumped into the car and took off. He was late for the shoot but he just texted me that he’s walking by Lawrence Fishbourne in one of the scenes. Oh – he just texted me a picture of Lawrence Fishbourne, who was standing near by.

Drew is distracted today, hanging out with the big stars but I’m sure that when the day comes to an end for him and he’s driving home, he’ll be thinking of what happened this morning.  I have remained sobered at the thought of someone dying on the tracks.  These are the moments when I catch a glimpse of reality – a different perspective – about death and dying.

You know…a moment of clarity.

When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God’s love. Charles H. Spurgeon

Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.  C.S. Lewis


  1. Oh Di, i am right there with you. All i thought about was “how many lives would be affected by this death?” it happens daily here in Atlanta and i always pray for the families……thank you for such precious insight~

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