The smile of a child - for them there is no other time than the now. There is no worry of what will come tomorrow, no question of events beyond their control and out of their minds eye, no concern. There is just delight in the present and a smile on the lips.
I'm older, the years have held both disappointment but also joy. Nonetheless there are a few things that still bring a smile for life in the moment. Welcome to the KCS Meridian Speedway, two GP38s and an inbound local, finished with the switching moves for the day. It's a simple thing that I ran across one recent afternoon, but it still makes me smile just like a child.
Maybe it's the longevity of the two-cycle diesels and the rush of the hot exhaust as the little train hustles east? Perhaps it conjures some distant memory of a little boy standing trackside in some other place, some other time? To that little boy, even the broken red glass of a railroad crossing that had seen better days was a thing of fascination. Whatever the reason, the GP38s make me smile like that little boy and bring to mind the words of a long forgotten Jimmy Rogers song.
"Will there be any freight trains in heaven?"