As part of a three-weekend series, “Trains, Planes, and Automobiles,” a local train station had some fun trains to go see. It was our first time going, and it was great fun for our little guys.
There were a lot of model trains, some of them quite elaborate. As I watched my children’s enamored eyes watching the trains going round and round, I looked up to see the satisfied old men running them, and I instantly saw my grandpa. He passed away ten years ago, but he loved trains, and model trains were his thing. I suddenly wished for him to be with us, like I never have before, for just this one day. Why couldn’t he be showing my boys model trains the way these strange men got to? I finally took comfort in knowing he was very much with us, as I know my love for him and his trains must have influenced my decision to come that day.
In addition to enjoying cool model trains, we got to see a big, old locomotive. I love the classic old look and imaging what life was like, what people were wearing, where people were going, when they boarded a train like this.
I’m always in awe of the size of these engines. I was trying to get a good picture of my little guy in front of the huge wheel, but I just couldn’t get his attention. It turned out he was busy charming the photographer for the newspaper. He made the next morning’s paper.
It was a great day, full of entertainment, history, and remembering Grandpa.