Snapshots in Time

How important it is to spend time with your children and grandchildren


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RAILROADS TO ROCKETS!

“Life is divided into three terms, that which was, which is, and which will be.

Let us learn from the past, to profit by the present, and from the present, to live

better in the future.”

                                                                                                                                                 ~William Wordsworth

                                                                                                                        

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Samy and I continued our discussion about the railroads, life in America at the turn of the century, and of course our latest expedition to visit the general merchandise store located in the center of the town we live in. This hardware store has been in operation since 1900 and still looks the same today as it did at the turn of the century! We were interrupted by the unmistakeable sound of a train whistle and the sound of the wheels against the track. The gates went down, the lights began to flash and the bells went off. We looked in the distance toward the bend in the tracks and sure enough we saw the bright light on the front of the engine. The train made a brief stop next to the station where we were standing and we were treated to an extreme close-up of this enormous engine! The experience of being able to see and hear this great workhorse “up close and personal” was a thrill for both of us.

“Wow, that was awesome,” Samy said, as we watched the train pull away until it disappeared into the distance and we could see it no longer.

“It was almost as though they knew we were waiting here,” I answered.

“One hundred years from now another grandfather and grandson might come here to watch the train,” Samy commented as he looked up at me.

“Maybe…..and I hope they have the same experience we have had together.”

I knew that regardless of the century, there was no one I would rather travel through time with than my grandson. There are some things in this world that are “timeless” and he possesses every one of them. Perhaps one day he will stand with his grandson and share the same privilege I have known. The future holds many challenges and it is incumbent upon all parents and grandparents to prepare our children for it. It is my sincere hope that we never forget the things in life that really matter!

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CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN !

Mountains are symbolic to “challenge” and there was nothing my grandson and I liked more than a good challenge. He had demonstrated his ability to see things in his “mind’s eye” and create them from there. Children show these creative and imaginative abilities when they are given opportunities to use them. We felt as though we were standing on the summit of a mountain we had just climbed.

Topographical features, landforms, mountain streams, vocabulary, scale, imagination, and creativity all come to mind when I think back to that day. The blessing that is my grandson is what I am thankful for every day. The titles we value the most are “Grandson” and “Grandpa.”


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Snapshots in Time: Model Railroading…..Hobby or Opportunity?

 

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Any opportunity that allows you to work with someone you love on a project that fascinates you both is a golden one. I don’t know of anyone who can pass by a model train layout without stopping to admire it. Lets face it, there is something about a model railroad that mesmerizes us all. It is a “hobby” that is multigenerational and age is not a limiting factor. Whether you are 5 or 75 your interest in the trains and scenery does not diminish. The sense of wonder that young people bring to the table is augmented by the skill and experience of Dad or Grandpa. When fathers and sons get together with Grandpa the benefits and fun increase exponentially. Our daughters and granddaughters should know that this is not a hobby for “men only.” You have the same skills and will be pleasantly surprised that when it comes to scale model buildings you will enjoy it as much as you would furnishing your dollhouses.  My grandson and I had no prior experience before beginning our layout, just a desire to do something special together. And “Special” it was!       

 

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Snapshots in Time: Grandchidren and Things That Really Matter

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As a Grandparent I am looking forward to 2014. The New Year is a great time for us to make resolutions that promote those values that make our family and this great country we live in stronger. The legacy we create and leave behind is important. Encouraging and enhancing the spiritual, physical, emotional and educational growth of our most precious resource should be our most important priority. Snapshots in Time: The S&G Railroad is a true story about an amazing adventure through time that will continue well into the future. Our true story is available on amazon in both kindle and paperback. We wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year!

Make this your year to make a difference in the life of a child! You CAN and you WILL!!

 

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