Monday, August 24, 2009

planes, trains and automobiles

Naief loves planes and trains. My sister lives in the flight path of the Memphis Airport, so we get to see and hear planes every day, to the sheer delight of my dear son. I don't think he'll ever get bored of pointing them out and screaming as loud as possible, "momma, plane! plane! plane!" :)

But... his most excitement came this past weekend while we were all out in another area of Memphis and as we were putting some bags in the car, I turned around, after hearing a train whistle, and realized we were right next to the train tracks... and a train was coming.

Now, Naief loves Thomas and Friends. Knows all of them by name and gets completely crazy with excitement anytime he sees a train in it's stand still state - since he's never seen a real moving train - except on TV, which really doesn't count... I don't think. So... just think how thrilled momma was when she realized a train was coming, and it was a big one. :))))

I immediately grabbed Naief up and told him a train was coming and right then it came thundering down the track, blowing it's whistle several times as it passed us. It couldn't have been better if I had planned it.

His eyes got as wide as saucers and for a minute I thought he might cry from fear.... but he didn't. He was so quiet and still and then got so excited.... screaming at his Auntie when she came to show her the train. The really great thing was that it was a really long train, so he was able to truly experience a big, loud train. It had a big engine as a caboose and everything.... just great stuff.

So... all the way home, all he talked about was seeing that train and wanting to ride one. Even talked out in his sleep this morning about wanting to ride a train. He thinks we can just run over there and hop aboard.... only if it were that simple, eh?

I looked up Amtrak the other day, thinking that we might ride it up to Chicago for my sister's wedding... but don't think it's going to work w/ our schedule, but I'm gonna call this week just to make sure. He'd love that... :)

happy day all.... the clouds are beautiful here and the weather is truly wonderful.

18 comments:

Bobby said...

Trains...I still love them!
I always take a 3-day train journey from Mumbai to Orrisa, though there are planes, just for fun...

Um Naief said...

bobby, not sure if we'll be able to do the train because of schedules, but it's something to look forward to for the future.

Puppy said...

i never rode so much trains in my life like i do during my vacation in Germany, the funny thing is we mostly always in hurry as soon as we reach a central station:)))Fun fun fun:)))

Christopher said...

That is so cute that he had fun on the train. Maybe you could book a train trip for the next city over from where you are, and he would love it. If you had to do an overnight to Chicago from Memphis and not be in a berth or a private car, it would drive you nuts, and I would have NO way to mail you special cookies or xanax...xoxoxo Kissy

Christopher said...

Excuse me, that he had fun watching the train is what I meant...

The Queen said...

Oh how cute! I miss that about little ones.

Miss Fluff said...

I could imagine Naief's face! He must have been on cloud 9. If you can make the Amtrak trip, I'm sure he'll always remember it.

SO glad you're having such a good time! :)

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The Moody Minstrel said...

Robot troll!!!!!!

Olivia said...

I enjoyed Amtrak on the two trips I took on it between NYC and DC. Very quiet, the most comfortable seats I've ever traveled on, considerate passengers. Very nice.

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