Claude was our train car attendant from Winnipeg to Vancouver. He was friendly, approachable and made sure I had all I needed to be comfortable.
Upon reading my t-shirt (what are you grateful for?), he shared that every night he is home with his kids, he asks them what they are grateful for from the day. If he happens to forget, they remind him and ask for "grateful time". It's something he has been teaching them from a young age!
Later on the trip, I overheard Claude helping new arrivals from Jasper to settle into their berths. (Berths are like bunk beds that open up directly into the passageway - they are converted to seating during the day.)
Guest: What about privacy?
Claude: Privacy? There is no privacy on a train Madame - people ride the train because they want to make friends!
Then, he reassured them that once the berths were set up for the night, they would have thick curtains for privacy. :-)
People ride the train because they want to make friends.
I like that. Merci Claude!
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