The Polar Express

The Polar Express

If you’re wondering why I would write a blog about the Polar Express, in August, you should know that my day job is United Portrait Studies, a three person company that takes pictures of children in day care centers. For the five years we’ve been in business, we’ve offered Christmas Pictures to our clients. For those photos, we’ve always used a traditional setting.

A month or so ago, Adrienne Wall, our partner, friend, and the company’s only photographer, suggested that we change the set from traditional Christmas to Polar Express. Frankly, Christina and I weren’t sure there would be that much interest in a Polar Express set, so we suggested to Adrienne that she poll the Day Care Directors.

I figured, at best, she would find maybe half of the directors would be interested in the set for their Christmas pictures. I wasn’t even in the ball park with that estimate. The vote was unanimous; every one that Adrienne talked to loved the idea. To be more accurate, they were ecstatic about the idea. A number of them reported that the Polar Express (movie and book) was part of their curriculum.

In sixty-nine years, if I haven’t done anything else, I’ve become teachable. I moved unconditionally into the Polar Express camp. I borrowed Adrienne’s Polar Express book, and I listened to the audiobook version of the story, and that’s why I’m writing this blog. If you haven’t read The Polar Express, don’t wait for Christmas, do it now. It’s a delightful story, with a profound message. Here, in the last three sentences of the book, you’ll find the reason that I believe it’s imperative for you to read it now.

“At one time most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all who truly believe.”

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3 Responses to The Polar Express

  1. David L Atkinson

    Nothing surprising under the sun Bert but good luck with that venture it sounds very promising.
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  2. Caleb Pirtle

    I loved the book. I don’t like the movie or TV show. But children do. And if children are your market, then you can’t go wrong. The most important asset any of us can have is the ability to be flexible and accept change even when we don’t understand it, which is why I am so involved in social media. Don’t like. Don’t know if it works. Don’t want to risk the prospect of quitting it.

  3. I’ve never read the book, but it sounds like I should. As one of those people who holds tightly to my inner child, I’m sure I’d love it. I’ve copied the excerpt from the book you provided and it will go right next to my writing area.

    Thanks Bert!

    PS – I hope the Polar Express portraits knock it out of the park!

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