Having my son has introduced me to a whole new world, most of it very exciting and interesting.. and then there is Thomas the Train. At first I was quite amused that my son was so interested in a train and a few of his friends. I assumed there were a few main characters along with Thomas, like Edward, Henry, Percy, James, Gordon, oh and let’s not forget Harold the helicopter! I was wrong to assume there was only a few. I’m pretty sure there are over 100 characters and my son knows most of their names (at the age of 17 months!).
For any of you with children obsessed with Thomas & Friends, I know you can relate. Just the other day I spent almost 15 minutes discussing train engines and other characters of the Island of Sodar with a co-worker. I kid you not – we both have little boys who love Thomas. A few years ago I didn’t know Thomas existed, and now my life somewhat revolves around Thomas, and numerous other trains.
My son can say quite a few words – but most importantly, he can say most of the character names on Thomas & Friends. It’s true, I hear them from the time he wakes up in the morning, until he goes to bed. My son also has a train in each hand during most of the day. Every picture the daycare sends me has him sporting a train in his hand. He was never one to be attached to a blanket or anything, but his attachment to trains has certainly taken over our lives!
I can’t count the number of trains we now own, or Thomas related products for that matter. We have Thomas clothes, Thomas dinnerware, Thomas cups, Thomas tracks, Thomas Thomas costumes, Thomas DVD’s, Thomas books, and most importantly our PVR is full of endless TV shows of Thomas. I don’t see what all the craze is about, but here I am day after day watching these trains with my son!
He has a lot of the die-cast metal trains hat are magnetized. For Christmas he got a wooden track, it is so nice – but it only fits the wooden trains. Seriously!? The tracks had to be a different size for different trains? So a week after Christmas, what do I do? I do what any crazy mother would do – I go on a hunt for wooden trains for my son. eBay was my best friend for a few weeks. I actually thought I was becoming addicted to bidding on trains. This is what my life has become, taken over by trains. I now have enough wooden trains to get though the next year for gifts including Easter, his Birthday and Christmas. Sounds crazy? Yeah, I know. If you have a child obsessed with Thomas, I know you have been here before and can completely relate.
Anyway, I gotta go for now – Thomas is just about to start!!
Sticking the dye-cast magnetic trains to the metal hinge on the chest. Just another great thing you can do with Thomas and Friends!!