This story is a tribute to my Mom, who had told me that she would dearly love to write a children’s book about ‘Tilly The Tram”
Sadly she never got to start or finish her story.
Mom told me that ‘Tilly’ was an old abandoned tram that had come to the end of her tramway line and had been dumped in the middle of a forest, left all alone, rusting and decaying, until one day, some young children found her and started playing in her car and that cheered Tilly up no end.
I have always believed that Mom had created this concept as a metaphor for how she had felt at that time in her life.
She was 65 and living alone. Sadly she passed away at 69 years young.
This is my positive version of Mom’s story to ensure that Tilly is never abandoned again.
(Each character in this story are named after her great and grandchildren)
‘Tilly’ the Tram is back on her tracks,
she’d stopped at the station, to take a quick nap.
Tooting off again, with her new polished, shiny wheels,
looking for new adventures and great holiday deals.
She starts out in Perth for her great and grandchildren to jump aboard,
we’re off to Melbourne, the Twelve Apostles in Tilly the tram, oh wow,
they all laughed and thought.
Little Keanu ‘Kee Kee’ our Koala was excited all that day,
when he jumped aboard Tilly’s streetcar, eager to visit new places to explore and play.
Along hopped his big brother “Joshie” our inquisitive Kangaroo,
then their cousin Finn, the Sea Lion, all chug, chugging off to adventures new.
As Kee Kee the cheeky Koala and Finn our smiley Sea Lion began on their way
they all had jelly and custard for their breakfast that day.
Excitedly perched upright and observing from their seats,
gazing out of Tilly’s windows, wondering what adventures would come
and how many new people could they might meet.
On the platform they met a smart little guy who’d come to greet,
he said his name was Jake the wombat, he’d been burrowing deep under a tree.
Jake wanted to meet his brother ‘Joshie’ the cheeky Kangaroo,
they all held hands with their sister Abby; our prim, proper and clever Emu.
Eagerly waiting in Victoria station, at the trackside,
they were all so excited as they set off on their big adventure ride!
playing games of Monopoly, Uno and checkers, until their bedtime drew nigh.
The man in the moon was smiling down on them,
Rip Van Winkle, rubbed his eyes, emerging from his den.
Telling them that they now “needed to get their heads down and sleep,
to rest well, before a new morning peeps”
They dreamed of slippery Snakes and scary Crocodiles that night,
and Sharks and Spiders who might try to bite.
All around and above them, shone bright twinkly Stars,
they had travelled a long way happily inside Tilly’s safe tramcars.
Jordan the topsy turvy Turtle boarded at the next platform to join the ride.
he’d swam to greet them on the Melbourne high tide.
Tilly smiled happily as she greeted each beloved guest,
off sightseeing, she was and so pleased with her exciting quest.
No longer left on the tracks all alone,
Tilly grinned contentedly, anticipating new sights to see and roam.
Hey Momma ~ 9.12.2017
Tilly the Tram ~ Victoria Healing
Next Stop :
~ Brunch with Booker
~ Making tracks to visit Cooper and Kenzie
At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe
they will always travel by our side. As time goes by, other people
will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.
Others will step down over time and leave a permanent vacuum. Some,
however, will go so unnoticed that we don't realise they vacated
their seats. This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy,
expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of
having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we
give the best of ourselves. The mystery to everyone is:
We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down.
So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer
the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when
the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty
we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will
continue to travel on the train of life' ~ (Unknown)
“You're waiting for a train.
A train that will take you far away.
You know where you hope this train will take you,
but you can't know for sure.
Yet it doesn't matter . . .
Because you'll always be together.”
― Cobbs, Mal Inception