kallie0509 wrote:just curious, why was the train conducter such a jerk to the kids and what did the tickets mean? when he punched 'LEAD' into the little girl's ticket?
I didn't see him as being such a jerk as much as he was sincere and forthright. He had a job to do and he wanted to present the facts and let the children make up their own minds. I think if he had been a persuasive character, it would have made the kids look as though they might have been pressured. They needed to WANT to get on that train and see the whole thing through by their own volition.
The words punched in the tickets revealed something about each childs character. The 'Hero' girl was bright, adventurous and unafraid of getting to the bottom of things. She inately showed a propencity to 'lead' and sometimes one just needs to be reminded of one attributes.
The know-it-all kid needed to be reminded that it's ok that he not know EVERYthing. As soon as you think that you lose the ability to 'LEARN'. He realized his mistake in seeing four letters when there were
I really five. His saying, "My mistake" was the first step in his new direction.
Things that, at times, we all need to be reminded of doing.
What would your ticket have read?
I think mine might have said either, Confidence or Courage. Things I sometime lack when it comes to following through with things that I know to be true or just. Or perhaps my ticket may have said, FOCUS which is something else I often times lack......
You know it took me about a half an hour to write this.