I’m taking my kids on the 1880 Train Mother’s Day Express on May 12, but I have a confession. I’m new to trains.
Well, at least the ones that run on steam. Back when my middle son, Jason, was a little boy, I was around trains all the time. Specifically, Thomas the Tank Engine, Arthur, James, Edward . . . And all the track that a toddler could break into a million pieces on my basement floor. During this phase of life, Jason wanted to become a railroad engineer when he grew up, so I was excited to take him on his first real train ride on the 1880 Train in 2004.
The thing was. . . I was pregnant with his sister and sicker than a dog. Also, Jason was three years old and his older brother was five (but acted like he was three.) So I wouldn’t say it was relaxing, but no event at that stage of life was.
But the experience was memorable because I remember Jason reaching for my hand when he realized the train was going to MOVE. I remember him cuddling up to ME because this experience was a little different than a Thomas the Train movie.
You see, I was never really a part of Jason’s world while he was playing Thomas the Train. (I was just the one that found missing pieces under the bed or lodged in the couch cushions). But I WAS a part of his REAL train experience. A memory that will last longer than a toy train set or a particular stage of life. Some things are just worth trying.
What are you doing for Mother’s Day? Make your own Real memories by sharing it with a special mom on the Mother’s Day Express May 12. http://www.1880train.com.
My son grew up loving trains from a very early age too. He will not be with me on Mother’s Day this year for the first time. He will be following his dream and working on the 1880 Train in Hill City, SD, that is a great Mother’s Day gift!