Metrorails, trolleys, taxis and buses are main modes of public transportation in Miami. Since I’ve lived here (now 9 years), I have had my own car and never gave much thought to any of them. However, my little boy is fascinated with them all. A typical ride to preschool sounds like this: “car, bus, big truck, TROLLEY, school bus, choo-choo, plane, garbage truck, TAXI!” He excitedly yells out every type of vehicle we pass by.
Trolleys and trains are his favorite – probably because of his love for Daniel Tiger and Thomas the Train. When I attended his school orientation last June, we all went outside together to play on the playground. About one minute in, we heard the roar of the train above us and I watched my son literally shake with excitement. “Choo-choo!” he loudly proclaimed as he pointed at the metrorail passing above him. Since that day, he has been asking to go on the “choo-choo.”
On Saturday morning, we did just that. He grabbed his toy Thomas the Train and off we went. It was a first for both of us.
As much as I seem to detest city living these days, I feel fortunate to have these real world learning experiences so easily available to us. The metrorail was completely free and actually, a lot of fun. Landon was silent, seemingly mesmerized by everything around him. From the various high-rise buildings, boats, construction sites and more, he was taking in each view (and so was I). So, next time you are looking for something to do with the kids – think outside of the box and try something like this. You may be surprised at how much fun you can have! Next week, we are off to try a trolley ride.