June 7, 2014 at 8:13 am , by Nick Shell
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 spentcountlesshours 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.