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.