I was very blessed with an involved and active Dad in my childhood. Tiger Cubs and Cub Scouts and Boy scouts were a huge part of my upbringing, and are part of the cement of the bond I have with him today. I can remember countless wood-derby race cars, camping trips, fishing trips and more. But not all Dad’s are the same, some may not be the backwoods, fishing and camping and hunting type that most of America thinks a Dad should be like.
As you can see in the video he produced above, Ron didn’t just send his son’s train to space- he brought his son’s train to LIFE, capturing his son’s imagination. Something that cool can only make their bond grow stronger.
I can remember when I was in elementary school, we read a book called ‘Flat Stanley’. It was a story about the adventures of a paper-thin boy named Stanley. Our teacher assigned us to make our own Flat Stanley using computer paper and crayons, and ask a family member or close family friend to help us create our own adventures and memories with Stanley. I mailed mine to my Great Aunt Pat in Arizona, and when he came back, he came back in a thick parcel envelope, loaded with pictures of Stanley in the car, at the Grand Canyon, next to giant desert Cacti, and brochures from all the places he went.
I can only imagine how much fun it was for my Aunt to go on those adventures for me, and in return my class had a blast going through all of the memories she sent us.