There's nothing but joy and happiness in this story, which is why I love it so much. It's a video that shows super cool dad Ron Fugelseth sending his 4-year-old son's favorite toy train, "Stanley" soaring into the air ... and with it his son's imagination.
According to his post on YouTube, they set the beloved toy on its mission in a weather balloon equipped with an HD camera and an old cell phone that had GPS. When it came back to earth, they tracked it down in a field about 27 miles away.
Fugelseth, who is a creative director for Oxygen Productions (no wonder the video is so amazing!), said he took plenty of precautions to make sure that no one got hurt, and that his son got the train back.
My 4 year old and Stanley are inseparable like Calvin and Hobbes. He's been attached to him since he was two, and they play, sleep and do everything together. I animated Stanley's face with After Effects and Photoshop to bring him to life how I imagine my son sees him.
How seriously cool is that? I love seeing the shots of them working on this project together, and the boy's expression when he finds his train is priceless. The bonding and lifelong memories they're making through this project are even more magical.
While we can't all conduct such grand experiments with our children or produce such great videos of all of our special moments, we can make an effort to better get to know their world in ways big and small. All too soon they'll be grown, so soaking up every little minute while they will still let us in seems vital.
What kind of things do you do to stimulate your children's imaginations?
Image via YouTube