I was working on the 2010 National Rally cd today uploading some pics and getting them organized when I ran across this photo and my heart was touched all over again by this little boy.
For all those who were on the train that day and witnessed this event, I'm sure it will live long in your memories as it will mine. I stood on the rim of the Grand Canyon and was in awe at the vastness of creation, but this young boy reminds me more that the wonder and innocence in the heart and mind of a child far outweighs that which our mere eyes can behold.
On our trip to the Grand Canyon, this little boy and his brother were with their father. They were not part of our group, but had the priviledge (or rather we had the priviledge) of riding in the same car on the train.
The little one entertained us all coming and going - he didn't know a stranger and talked with everyone within site. On the way back, he kept looking at Randy and you could see in his eyes that he just knew
that Santa was on that train with him.
It took him a little while to get up the courage to just go and stand beside Randy. He did just that - stood there for what seemed like minutes. He couldn't take his eyes of the vision before him. Oh you could "see" his mind turning in circles, but he stood quietly for as long as he could.
With the little quiet voice, looking into the face of Santa, he reached up and pointed his finger toward himself and asked Santa....
"Are you always watching me"
Let me tell you - there wasn't a dry eye in that section of the train! Randy, who plays Santa at Christmas (can you imagine him not???), answered his question assuring the little boy that Santa always watches over the children. We all lost our composure, but Randy is an expert dealing with the excitement and expectation of little ones who visibly show him their admiration.
For the rest of the trip, the little boy could not stay away from Santa! He'd run back to his dad (who knew what was happening all the while) and then he run to take his place beside Santa.
They carried on quite a conversation - the two of them - that many of us were not privy to and it doesn't matter what they said to each other.......we all felt the wonderment that day and will always be grateful for the memory.
Just had to share this and I, too, believe that Santa was on the train that day....what a gift he shared!