April 20, 2019

Mama Let’s Take the Train!

A wise person on the internet once said, “It’s the journey — not the destination — that matters.” My 5-year-old son is obsessed with the New York City subway, and he takes this inspirational quote literally.

When I became a parent I expected many things. I expected to change diapers. I expected to be thrown up on. I expected to get less sleep, push a stroller, and go to the playground. What I didn’t really expect was that I’d be riding the subway train with my son frequently for no apparent reason. Or that we’d be talking about trains throughout the day. Or that we’d have multiple subway maps taped to the walls of our home. I keep waiting for this “phase” to pass, but instead his knowledge of the subway simply becomes more sophisticated as he grows.

Tonight, he asked me what I want to be when I grow up. I told him, “I’m already grown up!” And he said, “no I mean when you’re like 55.” I said, “I’ll probably still be a photographer. What about you?” He said, “I’m going to drive a train. You should drive one too and then we can see each other every day.” ?

Sometimes when we’re on the train, he’ll call out, “Attention passengers, the next stop is Bergen Street [for example].” It’s like he’s actually in training to be a conductor.

Or when he’s being “silly,” he’ll say to me, “This is a Brooklyn bound 5 train. The next stop is York Street” Then I’ll say, “But the 5 train doesn’t go to York Street.” Then he’ll yell “I know!” and laugh hysterically.

I don’t know where this obsession is headed. Maybe he’ll become a conductor one day. But in the meantime, he lets me take his photo when we’re on the train or in the station, so it’s a win for me. And he can tell me how to get pretty much anywhere!

When I told him I could put a train inside his head he was like “hell yes you can take my photo!”

  1. Jill says:

    These images are awesome! We often take the train for no reason at all and my kids think my husband is so lucky that he gets to take the LRT to work everyday!

  2. Amy says:

    How fun! I love your double exposure and I bet he’ll cherish these images forever.

  3. Sara says:

    Great photos! My Daughter used to love taking the commuter rail. We would get on and ride one or two stops just for fun!

  4. Sarah says:

    This is so great! My son loves trains right now too. He’s not as old as your son, but I could totally see him doing something like this as he grows !

  5. Leah says:

    What a fun time, love love this! Your photography is beautiful!

  6. Becca says:

    Oh my goodness, he sounds like so much fun!! Tell the subway to hire him as a tour guide ?. I love all the creative double exposures, you are obviously just as awesome as your child ??.

  7. Amy says:

    Such a great idea to capture his love of trains.

  8. Gillian says:

    This is such a fun blog post and the photos are amazing! Well done!

  9. Iris says:

    This is amazing. Very interesting to read.

  10. Denise says:

    Beautiful images! I love the composites.

  11. Jennifer says:

    Amazing! Great post! Awesome shot! ?


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