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The Train Ride of Life

Many years ago while working with families of those with HIV/AIDS, a patient's sibling read a story during a group held to celebrate the holidays. Although there are many versions of this story and the true author is unknown, on this Thanksgiving Day 2020, I would like to share it with you.

Life is like a train ride. At birth, we board the train and meet our parents, and we believe they will always travel by our side. But our train will slow down and stop at a station not of our choosing, and there, our parents will step down from the train, as their journey is over and now we must go it alone. As we pull out from this unscheduled stop and wave our final goodbyes, we live on with the memories of their love, affection, friendship, guidance -- and their ever presence.