Once upon a time, I had an adorable toe-headed three-year-old boy. He was full of energy, loved to play outdoors and had an affinity for Thomas the Train.
One day, some friends invited us to visit Remlinger Farms, a most charming country fair with amusement rides especially suited for small children. They also have ponies, a steam engine train and their restaurant has a play area with Thomas the Train tables. From his very first visit, my boy was smitten! Remlinger Farms was his kind of place.
So we went often.
Caleb at Remlinger--2002
When Erin came to town, and being that her young girls are the perfect ages for Remlinger, we paid a visit to this ol' familiar place.
My toe-headed boy now has legs that are much too long for those canoes and he's altogether too heavy for the ponies. But he wanted to come along so that he could watch the girls make the fond memories he cherishes from his childhood.
Seems like yesterday I was the one waving to him.
Caleb found a cougar in the bushes:
And did some talking to the goats:
It seemed like every ride we rode, I just kept imagining my three-year-old little boy smiling back at me, having the time of his life.
It was Anna posed in the firetruck, but in my mind I was seeing this:
How does time go by so fast?
But you know what? You're never too old for the best kiddie coaster in the whole world!
Visiting Remlinger Farms was a little bittersweet. It was a painful reminder that my kids are growing up but the memories made are certainly sweet and I've decided it's great fun at any age.