Thomas The Tank Engine Caused Quite The Stir This Week

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“Riders of the popular Thomas the Tank engine at Crossroads Village were stranded for about an hour today, when an engine malfunctioned.

Chief Ranger Kevin Shanlian says a mechanical issue with the engine that sits right behind Thomas, forced the train to stop midway through its run at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad in Genesee Township.
Some passengers were tired of waiting, so they got off the train with their children midway through its run.”

Chalk this one up on the list of things that I didn’t expect to run across when I was scrolling through the news this past week.

Apparently, a fair amount of children and adults experienced mass disappointment by Thomas The Tank Engine last Sunday, when the engine broke down while trying to cross a street.

If we’re being honest, I didn’t even know that TTTE was still a thing. I watched him as a kid but haven’t thought about him, other than coming up in random places, in years. It isn’t that shocking, however, when considering the fact that I spend 90% of my time watching grown athletes trying to maneuver some kind of ball in to some sort of apparatus.

I’m glad that TTTE is still around, even if he is out disappointing kids. It’s important for children to learn lessons of disappointment, along with lessons of triumph.

This line, however, blew me away:

“Another engine was brought in, and Thomas was put in front of it.

No one was hurt, but some kids (and their parents) were upset.”

Its great that they were able to get another engine put in there and even better that nobody was hurt. You know, sometimes even TTTE can’t handle the job, and that is ok. The parents, however, do not have a leg to stand on when it comes to being upset. I get that nobody wants to see their child upset, especially when they’re getting to go on a bad ass choo choo ride. But mechanical functions do happen.

Perhaps the parents would do well by learning some lessons from good ol’ Thomas and his friends at the rail yard.

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