A young girl had a daily ritual of waving at passing trains from her family’s business window. The conductors noticed her and would wave back, creating a heartwarming connection. However, when the girl started school, she wasn’t able to continue her tradition. The conductors realized she was missing and inquired about her.
The girl’s mother, Briana Hefley Shepard, shared the story on the Love What Matters Facebook page. She explained that her daughter would wave at the trains, and the conductors would respond by blowing their whistles and waving back. This heartwarming exchange became a cherished routine. The mother was moved to tears every time she witnessed it.
When the girl began attending school, the conductors noticed her absence from the window. Feeling a sense of loss, the mother made a sign informing them that her daughter had started school. Holding up the character, she tried to convey the news to the passing trains. This continued for a few weeks.
Then, one day, a conductor knocked on the family’s business door. He had seen the sign but couldn’t make out the message. He explained that all the conductors had been wondering about the little girl. They missed her presence and the joy she brought to their daily routine. They wanted to do something special for her, so they asked if they could send her a birthday present.
Over the course of three years, the unique friendship between the little girl and the conductors touched the lives of everyone involved. The mother was deeply moved by their visit and their ongoing kindness toward her daughter. It reaffirmed her faith in goodness and humanity.