Saturday, June 7th, 2014
3 years, 6 months.
I always wondered where my 1000th Dadabase post would land.
Well, this is it. Completely random and unplanned, this one is about your love for trains and how you got a “front row seat” for a real train.
Our family drove to my hometown of Fort Payne, AL for Memorial Day for your cousin Calla’s 3rd birthday.
While there, you asked if we could all go the park.
As Nonna pushed you on the swing and Papa pushed Calla, we heard a that famous thunderous roar, as the train whistle tooted.
“Jack! The train is coming! Let’s go see it right now! Come on, run!” I announced.
Needless to say, we might as well have been right there in the presence of Elmo; because you were in such awe of the majesty of this Norfolk Southern train passing in front of you as Nonna held you.
I can only imagine what was going through your head.
Until that day, you had never seen a moving train so close up; only from our car, but even then, it wasn’t nearly as close as this train was.
You have spent countless hours over the past couple of years meticulously crawling around the carpet, pushing your Thomas the Train and Chuggington trains on their plastic tracks.
I have watched you day after day as you have carefully lined up each train so perfectly; matching up “line leader’s” train with the appropriately color matching coal cart.
This is something you’ve always been very serious about. So to see the real thing, it was more than a big deal to you.
I’m glad I was able to witness you seeing your first real live train.
While it may not be some epic letter to you in this 1000th Dadabase post, I think it does properly symbolize what’s important to you as a 3 year-old boy: family and trains.
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Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
2 years, 11 months.
As we anticipated our 2nd trip to the Louisville Zoo, I had been trying to hype up the train ride they have, since we didn’t get a chance to ride it last time.
“No, I don’t want to ride that train.”
I didn’t believe you. I figured maybe you just didn’t know for sure what I was talking about.
After all, how could a little boy who is obsessed with Chugginton and Thomas & Friends not want to actually ride a little train around the zoo?
But Z-Day came and you held true to your word: You still didn’t want to ride it, adding, “I scared!”
However, you weren’t given a choice. There we were in line for the train ride with my parents, my sister, my brother-in-law, and your girl cousin who is 7 months younger than you.
You were getting on that train. Whether or not you would allow yourself to enjoy it, that was the part I didn’t know.
For the first minute or so of the ride, you buried your head in Mommy’s shoulder.
Then you heard all the fun happening around and you just couldn’t pretend not to be there anymore. It was nearly immediately that you began screaming with excitement.
We blasted through a series of tunnels, which from what I can remember, sort of looked like the rainbow graffiti-looking artwork on the Coldplay album, Mylo Xyloto.
With the zoo being decorated in a Fall/Halloween theme, there were plenty of other interesting things to distract you from the fact that just minutes before you were somewhat terrified.
I remember we saw some giant spiders and goofy monsters.
You loved the train ride.
It was a challenge for you, though. It placed you out of your comfort zone.
I’m not fully convinced you won’t be afraid to ride the next zoo train you encounter, but at least now I know that you enjoyed the ride in the end.
Thanks for being a brave little toaster. I mean, the little engine that could.
P.S. To see more pictures of our family road trip, go to The Dadabase’s Facebook page and click on the picture folder, Louisville AdVANture Road Trip October 2013.
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