Phobia

Prompt: Have you ever ridden a train? Write a post about a train. Tell us about train ride you have taken or one you’d like to take. Make up a story about a train or write a poem featuring a train. Share pictures of trains. Your choice!

I was born and grew up in a small seaside town that was about an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Oddly enough, many of my older siblings attended a high school in Cape Town, and they used the train for their daily commute to and from school.

One day, I think I may have been four or thereabouts, I went to work with my dad (he owns a restaurant not far from where my siblings went to school). He was not going to be coming home that evening, and the plan was for me to go home with them after school. When we got to the train station, I burst into tears and refused to get onto the train.

I’m not sure who exactly did, but I cried so much that someone came and fetched us. My phobia for trains lasted well into my teens. I did manage to overcome it though – an excursion on a chartered train to a very lovely picnic spot cured me of it.

And now, when I get a chance to, I’d love to take a long trip somewhere on a luxury train – either alone or with my best friend – preferably on a very scenic route, where you get a cabin all to yourself and can basically hole up with books, food and silence.

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