All my life I have lived with the haunting sounds of trains in the distance. When I was a small child my family lived in Columbus, Ohio where I was born. I have no idea how close we lived to the trains, but you could hear their soft rumbling in the distance not unlike thunder.
When we moved from Ohio we lived in one of our favorite homes. It was a two bedroom apartment with two entrances. One of the best features was the large screened in back porch and for me the sound of trains as I lay in bed at night. As children my mother would take us for long walks and sometimes she would treat us to ice cream cones from the High's dairy store. The trains ran behind the store, their muted colored cars rattling the tracks as they rode by.
High school years began with a move for the family. It was abrupt and unexpected. We moved into a large apartment complex out of necessity. I don't think any of us liked it. There was an absence of trains. At the end of my high school years we moved again. Our place was up on a hill and the sound of trains would waft into the windows at night carried on a breeze. I slept a contented sleep most nights, but when I was heartbroken the trains soothed me.
Do you have a constant sound,smell or sight in your life? Something that just makes home feel like home?
Train tracks in the morning due to take me far away. Shame I just can't share them with you I have to get away---Lonette McKee, from the album "Words and Music"