I knew it was just a matter of time, but Jack has finally discovered the wonder that is Thomas the Train. It started in Solvang, California where he saw his very first Thomas display. The wooden tracks were mesmerizing, and the little trains with faces? Too much. The kid LOVES vehicles with faces. After playing with each and every train in the display no less than forty times, we finally left the store with a brand new Thomas engine in tow.
He loved his Thomas but didn’t think too much of him until this week, when his Uncle Ian sent him a new Thomas character this week. It was like the floodgates had opened.
“Mommy! Thomas Train. Thomas Train. Train. Mommy? Thomas Train. Train train train. Mommy? Look. Thomas.”
And so on.
This delighted my husband to no end. A train enthusiast himself, I think he has been planning Jack’s first train set since before Jack was even conceived. Probably before we even met, actually. As soon as Jack started to really take an interest in Thomas the Train, he immediately went into action.
“We need a train table. And more track. And we have to evaluate our options. Do we want wood track? Plastic track? Which trains will we start him on? The wooden ones? What about the talkers?” My husband’s eyes lit up with excitement.
Who is this train stuff for again?
Friday night we found ourselves at Toys-R-Us educating ourselves on the various styles of Thomas the Train. We found a HUGE Thomas set – Adventures in Sodor. I was even impressed: it had a bunch of engines, plenty of track, a neat crane, a wheelhouse, and lots more. I’m a self-described cheapskate, but even the $99.00 price tag seemed too good to be true – that was a LOT of stuff for a hundred bucks. The train cars alone would have been about $60.00 had they been purchased separately.
When something seems too good to be true, it usually is, right? This was the last Adventures in Sodor set they had on the shelf, and with much trepidation we took it to the register, convinced the price was a mistake.
And it was.
The set was actually on sale for $49.95. SCORE!
Back at home, my husband happily opened and assembled the trains and tracks, and Jack stayed up until ELEVEN that night playing with his Thomas the Train set. I spent the evening basking in the glow of a great bargain. The next morning, the first words out of his mouth were “Thomas Train!” and all day we’ve heard about nothing besides Thomas. And he doesn’t even realize that Thomas is also a cartoon yet!
Thomas the Train has taken over my life.