On Motherhood, from Men and Angels by Mary Gordon:
"No one had told her what it would be like, the way she loved her children....How I love you, she always wanted to say, and you can never know it. I would die for you without a thought. You have given to my life its sheerest, its profoundest pleasure. But she could never say that. Instead, she would say, "How was school?" "Was lunch all right?" "Did you have your math test?"...
These trains remind me of Spencer, NC, the railroad town where I grew up to the sounds of Southern Railway trains rattling the parsonage windows day and night. Spencer now houses the NC Transportation Museum -- a great delight for train enthusiasts.