Memory Monday, Week 116
August 2000 — That big smile on my mom’s face is because she was about to board Amtrak’s California Zephyr and travel to Iowa for a visit with her long-lost brother and his family. Like me, she loves riding the train, and she had something really special to look forward to at the other end of the track!
I was carrying one of Mom’s suitcases for her as we walked toward the train. As she was boarding, I stepped up behind her to stow her bag away — and the next thing I knew, the conductor was closing the door behind me! As much as I would have loved to stay on the train, I had to tell him to open the door and let me get off.
Mom went back for another visit to Iowa the following year, in October 2001; my sister and I were at the station in Roseville to see her off, and this time I filmed her departure with my camcorder.