“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

As an adult, this is horribly embarrassing, but I am almost beside myself with impatience. I am taking a little weekend trip in September, and I can’t wait.

I bought my son tickets for a ride on Thomas the Tank Engine.

Nashville is the closest place that he will be coming, so September 6 was the earliest Saturday I could get tickets. Nashville also has the side benefit of letting us visit with our friends Steph and Carson, whom we don’t see nearly as often as we used to.

I bought the tickets before I read Amalah or Jodi’s experiences with A Day Out with Thomas.

And now, well…

…I am STILL excited.

I don’t precisely know why, but despite my adult tendencies toward entertainment of the classical music/winetasting/museum variety, I cannot escape the fact that I grew up staunchly lower-middle-working-class. I never attended a single event requiring tickets that was not a Disney movie. I don’t know if it is my desire to willfully recapture a shortened childhood that makes me an easy person to amuse, but ask anyone who knows me best and they will tell you that I get ridiculously excited about the smallest of things.

This also makes me a HORRIBLY easy mark when it comes to my kid. I don’t know what flavor of overcompensation it is – only child/older mother, deprived childhood history, you take your pick – but the net result is that I get stupidly disproportionate joy from indulging my son. In my favor – I am pretty firm in other areas, like courtesy and personal hygiene. I am not so good at teaching that deprivation and disappointment are pretty much facts of life.

Those lessons he can learn somewhere else.

We’re going to ride with Thomas.

May 7th, 2008 at 11:27 am
5 Responses to “I am stupidly excited about this”
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    jodifur Says:

    Oh, ignore me, you will have fun!

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    OS Says:

    We took Puppy two summers ago in Grapevine, TX and it was SPECTACULAR!!! I have some of the best pictures and the best memories of that day than you could imagine. We bought two sets of train tickets because I knew it’d be hard to get him off the train once we got on. So we rode it twice. All of the things that as a grown up we see right through will be lost on him. It’s cheesey and tiring and magical and wonderful. And at the end of the day, the only bad moment I really remember was Puppy crying pitifully when we had to leave Thomas. I know Harry will have an incredible time. Just go prepared to keep him happy in long lines waiting for things, rather like a fair. And of course all the obnoxious children of “other” people. ; ) It’s gonna be great!

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    Stephanie Says:

    You haven’t told him yet, have you? He’ll be asking you a la “are we there yet” when you get to ride Thomas. LOL Sounds like lots of fun though.

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    Stephanie Says:

    oh and honestly…getting excited about the little things is great. I know I get excited about the smallest thing.

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    Rebecca U Says:

    My son loved his Day out with Thomas at age 3. There were long lines – we got there about 1.5 hours before our train time so we were able to do the crafts he was interested in (mostly the bounce house though) and did not have too many problems. If your son hasn’t done the big mascot thing (i.e. Mickey Mouse or Chuck E Cheese) he may rather not do his picture with the characters – my son was scared so we skipped that.