On the way to San Antonio we stopped at a Mardel Christian Bookstore. It is my husband’s favorite place to shop, and before every trip he looks up all the Mardels on the way! This one happened to be right off the highway. We let the kids play in the children’s area while Jason and I looked around. This particular store had a Thomas the Tank Engine train table set up in the middle of the children’s area. My Little Jason was SO excited. He loved those trains. The problem came when it was time to go. He pitched a fit like we’d never seen before and kept crying, “My trains!” It was so bad that we decided to go ahead and eat, thinking that would pacify him. We were wrong. He didn’t get happy again until we were ready to leave the restaurant and get back on the road.
My sister Sara had told me ahead of time that she was going to pack up some of her son’s Thomas trains that he had outgrown and give them to us in San Antonio. “Well, I don’t have to guess if he’s going to like them!” I thought. We didn’t show them to Little Jason until we returned from our trip. He saw us bringing them in when we unloaded the van and got really excited, so I took out a few of the trains and gave them to him. Oh, how he played with those trains! At 11:00 that night he was still awake in his room playing happily with his trains. Hours later, he woke up screaming. I went in his room, and he was shouting, “My trains!” Apparently, he woke up and couldn’t find one of them. I showed him that they were all there, and he went right back to sleep.
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I remember taking his cousin, the original owner of the trains, to Barnes and Noble, where they had one of those train tables. We enjoyed seeing how much he enjoyed himself, but dreaded having to leave because we had to deal with a heart-breaking scene every time. He knew all their names from the Thomas movies.
Too cute, Esther! My just-turned-5yo LOVES Thomas too. It seems like those trains are one of those toys that inspire creativity and imagination, and kids really do fall in love with them. Blessings!
Kim @ Stuff could... says
He does love trains. Boy’s and trains!
I love trains! What a wonderful, creative toy. Hours and hours of fun. My kids loved them! I have given a toy train set (Sadly, Ikea, not Thomas) to most of my grandkids. Thus another generation plays on . . . Thank you for sharing. And for connecting! I’m so excited to welcome you!
Growing up with all girls I had no idea what trains would mean in the life of a little boy. Now with two sons I’m so grateful for the joy they bring. The best part is that I still see that excitement and joy on my husband’s face when he gets down on the floor with the boys to play!
My boys love trains too! I was lucky enough to find a bunch on Craigslist a few years ago for cheap, and then my youngest brother passed some along to us as well.
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Shari Lynne says
Oh boy you said the magic words “Thomas the Train” My Grandson is sooo in love with Thomas! Everything is Thomas! His clothing, toys, bedding, Everything. And he’s only TWO! He loves trains!!
Dr Momi says
Those train tables are so much fun for the kids! My 4 year old grandson is still in love with trains.
We also have just the IKEA train set, but we have about 5 or 6 (combined) sets. The kids really have fun with them – even the girls!
But there is something about boys and all things that go.My 3 1/2 year old sleeps with his Matchbox cars, a huge dump truck, and various other assorted and sundry vehicles.
Heaven forbid if one of them should fall down on the floor while he’s sleeping…but they’re so big, at least you can find them when they do!
Some little boys never grow out of a love for the trains! My almost 49 year old friend still loves trains! I bought him a model train for Christmas this past year he was thrilled!
Oh, that is too cute, momma! Our youngest LOVED trains (specifically, Thomas) for so many years. Unfortunately, someone once told him that he was too old to play with Thomas several years ago 🙁 I miss those years! Enjoy them!!
Jessica@Team Rasler says
My 3yr old loves trains, too! He is rarely happier than when he is playing with some enormous train table (or even our little one at home). Sadly for him, his little brother (14 months) is showing a similar interest and now there will have to be (gasp) sharing! Glad your little one is having fun, but hope he doesn’t wake you at 11 too often after this!