A Really Useful Engine

He's a Really Useful Engine “Mama find Thomas?”

“I don’t know where he is, baby.”

“Papa find Thomas?”

“Papa doesn’t know where he is either, baby.”

“Where Thomas, Mama?”

“Oh, baby, I don’t know.”

“Davey wanna get him. Davey wanna have him.”

“I know, baby, I know.”

“Mama find Thomas?”

{heart break}

Daily for weeks, he would ask for his beloved Thomas.  Daily for weeks, we would look for him.  He was lost.  They were lost.  We had two.

He’d forget for a while, but he’d always remember.  He’d always go back to the same dialogue;  where’s Thomas, find Thomas, want Thomas, need Thomas.

I was very close to making a trip to the hobby store to get another Thomas, and it didn’t even matter that Christmas is just around the corner.  It didn’t matter that his birthday was either.

Then the other day, miraculously, Benjamin found Thomas.  We’d looked under David’s bed numerous times, but this time he was in clear view.  Benny stretched his long body under the bed.  He stretched some more and finally got a hold of the little blue engine.

“Look what Benny found!” he exclaimed.

David’s eyes grew wide with only a small dose of disbelief behind them as he said, “Benny find him.  Benny find Thomas!”

He hasn’t let go of him since.  He’s eaten with him.  He’s watched rain puddles gather with him.  He’s slept with him.  He’s tried to take a bath with him (but I wouldn’t let him as Thomas is already old and worn.)  He’s sat on the floor, hooking up the coaches, Annie and Clarabel, to him.

He’s not letting go.

And I hope he never lets go.

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12 Responses to “A Really Useful Engine”
  1. Monika
    10.16.2009

    So sweet!

  2. 10.16.2009

    I am so glad Benny found Thomas. Such an incredibly sweet photo.

  3. 10.16.2009

    I love this photo… your little man is adorable. How old is he? It truly is heartbreaking when they lose their precious stuff…

  4. 10.16.2009

    He’ll be three on 12/28!!!!

  5. 10.16.2009

    Awwww…. we had three Thomases. I kind of miss that age. But now they make their own breakfast!

  6. 10.16.2009

    I know! And I have three that can totally make breakfast. I know the awesomeness that is self-sufficiency. He’ll get there soon enough.

  7. 10.16.2009

    Oh how sweet!! Sounds like Connor and his bakugan, except carrying a train is infinitely cuter!

  8. 10.16.2009

    so cute!

  9. 10.19.2009

    Awwwwww…. So very sweet.

  10. 10.19.2009

    There you go making me cry. At work, no less!

  11. Mary Danielsen
    10.22.2009

    I love this shot and the story. Our babies just melt us with their special “friends.” The same thing happened to my son. He even slept and bathed with Thomas.

  12. 10.25.2009

    Sooooo sweet. Tugs my heartstrings because my little guy was just this infatuated with Thomas. He’s holding Thomas in every single photo I have of him for a six month stretch. Then suddenly, it was Superman.


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