Wednesday, April 13, 2011

D is for Dream

This is my husband, when he was 4 or 5 years old, running the electric train set his father had built for him.  Don't you love the hat?

The letter D, tangled.  If you enlarge the image, you'll see that I wrote my name into this zentangle.  Wonder if that counts as signing my work??

The quote I used didn't talk about dreams, but did concern trains:  "The introduction of so powerful an agent as steam to a carriage on wheels will make a great change in the situation of man."  (Thomas Jefferson - 1802)

Here's the page spread.  I made a fun discovery in Photoshop - a font called Webdings.  You type a normal letter, and a symbol shows up instead.  The design at the top left of the page spread is a collage of a couple Webding letters.

The train is a small "t" and the railroad tracks are a capital "R."  I typed out the whole keyboard in this font so that I'd know what symbols were available.

Back in the mid-1970s, Ed got into model railroading with N-guage trains - really little guys.  He had a setup in our basement.  When we sold our home and most of our possessions, to live on a sailboat, the small trains and track went into storage.  They've just made a reappearance in our lives, and Ed is building a model railroad in our garage.  Ed's uncle recently had his 95th birthday, and I took pictures of Ed to send to Uncle George. 

Note the engineer's cap.  After I found the picture of Ed as a kid with that kind of cap, there was no way he was going to have another model railroad without the appropriate head gear!!


Lee said...

How wonderful! Great photos both then and now and super D. That little boy turned out nicely, Jean ;^)

Pepper Cory said...

Isn't it great that Ed has the same sweet smile? Nice post to read first thing this morning.

Jean Baardsen said...

Thank you both. He did turn out nicely! We've been together for over 40 years. :o)