Other People's Sons

My son was home for a visit.  It was Reading Week, a week off from his studies.  But with exams looming ahead of him, he spent most of the time with his nose in his books barely coming up for meals.  Still. . . it was very nice to have him home.

Sunday, we drove him to the train station.  I gave him a hug and kiss good-bye then turned and left him standing there, loaded down with a backpack full of books as he waited on his train.

It was later that day we heard the news.  A VIA Rail passenger train has derailed in Ontario.  At least three people dead.  Many more wounded.

I felt sick. A moment of panic.

And then the news story continued, "...an Eastbound train on route to Toronto."  


My son was heading West.  It wasn't his train.  My son is fine.  What a rush of relief!

And then guilt.

I know that train would have been full of other young people heading back to university after a visit home, other students with backpacks full of books, other people's sons.


  1. Oh, my. Guilt, relief, a brush with fate.
    My son comes home from Virginia this weekend for his break.
    He's driving seven hours.
    It will be a long wait.

  2. Moments like this give us a perspective on life. We take things for granted, these tragic turn of events make us realise life is precious. Unfortunatly the family of the loved ones who lost their lives will grieve. Lets live life to the full, who knows whats round the corner.

  3. Don't feel guilty. Any parent would be relieved it wasn't their child that got hurt.

  4. ah, don't be too hard on yourself. all of us parents would feel the same emotion. it doesn't mean we don't feel bad for someone else's tragedy....it's okay to rejoice in your own miracle!

  5. Oh my goodness, I can imagine how you must have felt when you first heard that news. I agree with the others, don't feel guilty. I think everyone would feel the same.

    I'm glad you had a nice visit with your son and got to enjoy having him home for a bit.

  6. Although I'm truly sorry for those other families, I'm happy your kiddo is safe and sound.

  7. It is as it should be. You reacted out of love. And love is what makes you grieve for the other mothers. The other lives. You are a wonderful caring person. We should all be so caring. God bless you and yours. . . . and all of us.

  8. Oh sweets, hugs. I understand that feeling all too well x

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