I’m trying hard to have the occasional short post for people who are tired of my long posts, so this seemed like a good one. 🙂 A friend of ours had no use anymore for a Roadmaster red wagon that their grandchildren had outgrown and gave it to us. My son took right away to sitting in the wagon and has opted to be pulled around in the wagon instead of being pushed in the stroller. I have taken him a few times now on a two mile route around my neighborhood in which one leg of the journey goes down one of the main roads in town and I have to say it’s a special experience.
It’s interesting how the red wagon seems to evoke emotion in the faces of others. For most it brings smiles and a sense of nostalgia. Today one gentleman was outside his home and on his phone and he called out to me and told me to stop and wanted to take a picture and he exclaimed to the person he was talking to “You’ll never believe it, but there is a guy pulling his kid around on a red flyer!”. And he did take a picture of me and my son. 🙂 The reaction is much stronger than pushing him around on the stroller. A lot of people point, or wave to him (he sort of just stares blankly unsure of why he has become so popular). Maybe it’s because it is a classic wagon that the nostalgia is stronger. Maybe the reaction would not be the same if it was some other color or some other brand. Some people seem to feel a little sad though. Nostalgia tends to do that as sometimes I see faces with a little bit of longing, perhaps for the past long since gone. And sometimes I swear I see a deeper sadness, perhaps wishing that their mother or father would have taken them on wagon rides, or the remembrance of a parent that has passed on.
It’s nevertheless comforting to me that such simple things can evoke such emotion. That small things can feel so grand. I enjoy the feeling of taking him for a walk on a warm autumn day. And for a short time that little wagon becomes a grand chariot to my son and to all around him, and even though I’m the one pulling it, I feel as rich as any king.