Saturday, October 18, 2008

Ridin' the TTC on a Saturday Morn

There is something so magical about riding the subway train for little kids.

Okay, perhaps some of that magic is lost if they ride it every day as their primary mode of transportation, but for my kids, it is definitely not the everyday experience. So, today's trip downtown to pick up David's running kit for the Toronto Marathon tomorrow was a fairly cool experience. We managed to get the first seat in the lead car, so we got a front seat view of the trip through the tunnels riding "Downsview." Cameron was all big eyes as we walked down the stairs and across the platform to wait for the train. We even got a chance to talk to the driver a little bit as he explained why were were stopping at one point.

After meeting Spongebob Squarepants and picking up David's race kit, we headed back home. On our train ride back home, Blythe waited for the front seat to open up with the attention and patience of a striking cobra. She popped up and ran towards it even before the gentleman had vacated the seat, almost pushing tired Saturday morning commuters out of the way in her haste.

On the ride home, we popped in and out of tunnels on the Yonge Street Line. At one point, we saw a little boy waving from a walkway above the track, and the driver honked his horn.

"So, why do train engineers like little kids so much, Mom?" Blythe asked.

"I guess because little kids know how cool their job is driving trains. And the engineers want to show the kids how much they appreciate that."

"Well, it is a cool job, Mom. I think I want to be an engineer when I grow up."


Three Bright Lights Designs said...

Fantastic photos, Gemma, especially the one of Kiki (it is him right?) looking at his reflection in the mirror! Thanks for sharing!

Navan said...

Haha! Kiki and Blythie definitely love riding Downsview and Finch! I'll never get tired of taking them for a ride!