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.”