Monday, January 25, 2010

HO Model Railroad

To start out with I thought I would document the progress of a HO scale model railroad layout that my teenage son and I started building as a project to do together on the weekends and holidays he comes over.

We started by cleaning out a corner of the basement. Most of the things in that corner were my son's old toys that have not been seen in years. That turned out to be a nostalgic trip back in time. It's amazing how much sentiment that can be attached to an object, and how that object can transport you back so vividly to memories and the feelings connected with that object. I could tell he was experiencing in some ways some of the bitter sweet side of those memories the same as I was. There is an empty sense of incompleteness associated with many memories when being a divorced dad. From the time he was three I would see him every other weekend and sometimes during the week. So often when he was young we would start some activity together only to have our time run out and it would be weeks until we would get back to it again. By then his interest would change to something else, as young boys would often do, and the scenario would repeat itself all over again.

He is now in his mid teens. So, as we begin the first ongoing activity that we have tried to do together in over four years it will be interesting to see what level of completeness we can achieve.

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