October 16, 2013 at 9:18 pm , by Nick Shell
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.