When Briana Hefley Shepard’s family business moved to a new location they discovered the office had a perfect view of some train tracks. Shepard’s little toddler daughter was enthralled.
Every day for three years the little girl would stand at a big window and wave to the trains as they chugged by.
Then the day came when the little girl wasn’t at the window.
In a post shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page, Shepard shared the story of what happened when her daughter couldn’t wave to the trains any more.
For three years Shepard’s daughter waved to the conductors as they passed by.
Briana writes that it didn’t take long for the conductors to notice the little girl and acknowledge her. If she wasn’t already standing at the window, the conductors would blow their whistle and she would run to the window to greet them.
“They’d blow their whistles, she’d run to the window, they’d open their windows, and everyone would wave and smile ear to ear,” she wrote. “I teared up almost every single time.”
But then came the time for Shepard’s little girl to go to school, which meant no more waving to the conductors.
Shepard admits that her daughter going to school hit her hard, but it was when the first train came by that hit her hardest.
She wrote that while the conductors still opened their windows to wave and blew their whistles it wasn’t the same. The following day she wrote a sign to hold in the window.
She held up the sign, “She started school,” not knowing if anyone could see it.
Weeks went by and then suddenly there was a knock on her family business’ front door. It was one of the conductors.
“I assumed he was a construction worker coming to talk construction, because that’s what we do here,” she wrote. “I was wrong. He was there to ask about the little girl with the blonde hair that waved to the trains.”
According to Shepard, the conductors had seen the sign, but couldn’t read it. They guessed the little girl was off at school, but had to check and make sure.
The conductor stopped his train, got out and went to check on the girl.
The conductor who approached Shepard said it always made everyone’s day when they’d pass by and see her waving to them, and since she’d gone off to school they missed her.
All of the conductors wanted to do something special for the little girl, so Shepard wrote that in the coming weeks they would be sending her a birthday present.
“Witnessing their unconventional friendship over the past several years has been nothing short of magical,” Shepard wrote of her daughter’s relationship with the conductors.
“To know it impacted them just as much as it impacted us, fills me with love and hope.”
“The visit today and their ongoing kindness to my daughter has reaffirmed my faith in goodness and humanity. These are moments we’ll always remember.”