"...wE mUst bE thE chAnGe wE wiSh tO sEE iN thE wOrld..." K.G.

10/04/2011

I was getting ready to go to bed... and out of the blue I heard the train that runs a few blocks over, blowing it's whistle.

is there ANY noise that is more comforting late at night, than the lonely sound of a train going any where but here.. I can hear the rumbling of the tracks as it makes it's way.. it becomes rhythmic and can just lull me to sleep.

I can almost see the conductor sitting right up front in the first engine, carefully watching the tracks ahead for anything that could get in the way. I bet he's eating a big ole grinder sammie whilst the train rolls along.. and some donuts, and a cuppa coffee or two that will keep him awake. 

I rode a train once, years ago in 1988.. with Nicholas & Emily from Omaha to California. Emily was only 1, NickyNack was 4. we snuggled up the three of us and let the rocking train help us fall asleep. then during the daylight, we sat nearly all day in the viewing car and watched the beautiful scenery as we passed by. we went over the Rocky Mountains, across the dessert of Nevada, into the Napa valley, then finally arrived in a tiny but busy, little old  town to see my mom for the last time.. who was staying at Jo's.

I don't usually think about that memory when I hear the train late at night, but I am right now. maybe that means she is thinking about me.

the train is far away now, I cant hear it anymore.

but there's always tomorrow night...

C

5 comments:

ChiTown Girl said...

Wow, that's some trip to take with two younguns like that. You are a brave woman. But, we already knew that. :)

Jim said...

Now wasn't that nice! Thanks for the train ride, Chris. I LOVE trains. We have driven back and forth from coast to coast way back when......
A very relaxing post kiddo....now go to sleep, will ya!

sophie...^5 said...

I lived in a small town as a child with the sound of a train coming through 2x a day.....I love these moments. The train no longer comes through and grass grows where once the wheels rolled through!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Your train trip sounds magical!!! We don't have any trains in our area.....and I kinda miss them. Well, I don't miss waiting for them at the intersections...but I do miss the counting of the cars!!!

Clippy Mat said...

Beautiful! I love the sound of a train whistle at night when I'm tucked up in bed too.
:-)