We spotted the train tracks on our walk and moments later we heard the train’s whistle blow. All the children ran to the place on the path where we could see the train the best. We stood, 9 children and 2 adults, waiting to see the train. But it seemed to take forever. The other parent said, “Maybe we were wrong, maybe it wasn’t the train.” One of the children walked back up the path to try to get a better view. My boys stood and stared waiting for a train they just knew would come. It took about 6 minutes and it came into view. We could hear it getting closer and closer. One of the little girls with us counted 89 train cars.
It is interesting how adults doubt things but children believe. As parents I think we try to keep it real so the possibility of disappointment is lower for our children. However, innocent children believe, they build up their expectations and many times they are not disappointed. Disappointment is part of life and in little doses it is fine as a child. They will have to face it in their future. But believing is such a good practice for their future as well. We should learn from our children. We should learn to believe in things we cannot see but we believe will come.