I raised daughters, so I suppose I can’t be faulted for not knowing how important trains are to little boys. In my four plus years with Cooper, we ran so many trains around his family room, built a zillion creative tunnels, went to the zoo mostly to ride the train (yes, the animals were good, but that train!), and just in general talked and lived trains. So I decided that one spring before we parted for summer break, Cooper and I should grab Katie and Malcolm and ride an actual full-sized train. Amtrak has their River Runner that goes from St. Louis to Kansas City, but we didn’t need a long ride. We just wanted a taste of an actual train ride. So we boarded in Kirkwood, Missouri, and rode to Washington, Missouri. It was a short ride, but we loved it. We got to go through tunnels and see the countryside and have lunch in Washington, Missouri, but we couldn’t wait to re-board and ride some more. Everything about the experience was…well…an experience: the inside of the two stations, the conductor punching the boys’ tickets (he punched their initials in each of their tickets), eating snacks on the train, watching the world go by from our train windows. And that’s when I became just as big a fan of trains as the little ones. Just like that, I got it.
So it seemed logical to do an episode of GG Sprinkles on trains and, as an addition, railroad lanterns. We have an electrified railroad lantern that came from Bruce’s brother Bob, so I pulled that out and researched old railroad lanterns. My years of experience watching Thomas the Tank Engine with Cooper didn’t quite provide me with enough information on trains, so I needed to read up on those. And I looked up information on the River Runner (I absolutely love that name!). But my episodes of GG Sprinkles need to stay short, so as is usually the case, I spent a lot of time reading but could only use a tiny bit of what I learned. And that’s okay; I can’t begin to tell you the interesting things I’ve learned in almost fifty episodes. That’s been a definite bonus of putting these episodes together.
So if you’re into trains (or living with a small person who happens to be into trains) here’s the episode on trains. And I think it’s Malcolm’s hat I’m wearing in the episode.