Saturday, August 28, 2010

another trip to traintown

Last weekend, we took yet another trip to Traintown. I've lost count how many times I've gone with the kids, let alone how many times I've been since I was a little girl. You'd think that I'd be sick of it by now, not so. The steam engine ready to pull it's pint sized passengers, puffs away and Anna eagerly shouts, "I hear the whistle!"
Twists and turns and through the tunnel, Kieran and Anna raise their hands in the air and joyfully scream. There's no such thing as afraid of the dark while at Traintown. We arrive at our stop to feed the animals that seem like they have been frozen in time from 30 short years ago. 
It's no matter that we have the same pictures each time we go...
of the schoolhouse,
 of the jailhouse,
of the outhouse.
It's no matter that we have the same pictures waiting for the train ride to arrive...
waiting for the train to chugga...
or choo.
It's still a thrill to ride the merry-go-round...
 to wave at your mommy and people you don't know,
to look as though you are riding for the very first time with the simple joy of going up and down,
and around and around...
even at 29 weeks pregnant.
It wouldn't be another trip to Traintown, if it wasn't topped off with a coin operated horse that whips pigtails in the wind,
and has little boys pretending to be a jockey (while Nonna commentates in the background)
who of course,
wins the race!
No, it's not just another trip to Traintown. It's another day to be care-free. Another day to have fun. Another day to love life. Another day to be thankful of my roots where I was born and raised.
And another day to know that so strong as the roots I've been given, I am strong enough to pass on to them:
that one day, they will take their children and me as their Nonna,
to another trip
to Traintown.


  1. Such cute photos! And Traintown sounds like another word for heaven for my boys. They are engine-obsessed (aren't they all?!) And is that your mama with her grandson? Strong family resemblance!

    Swinging by from SITS :-)

  2. Oh Kristin! I am crying from tears of joy. I am so glad that you understand how wonderful life is and that you may have learned it from me. I am so blessed to have you as my daughter and that you are passing on my love that I feel so deep in my heart. Thank you for being you. Now I need to try and change my profile picture and have me and Kieran at train town.


It's a beautiful noise-And it's a sound that I love- And it makes me feel good-Like a hand in a glove -Yes it does, yes it does-What a beautiful noise

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