When Pipi finally saw a REAL train, she was SO UPSET that she hardly knew whether she still wanted to travel to mamabari!
Well, it was a chain of boxes alright - and that too with doors, windows and wheels which her matchbox-train didn’t have. But as luck would have it, they expected Pipi to sit IN a box, and not ON it!
Pipi went all grumpy while Ma and Papa carried her into one of the boxes and got her seated beside a window. The scariest of beds - high and still higher - hung all around. Although no one told her about it, didn’t Pipi know for sure that all the naughty kids would be put on the uppermost beds, and they could NEVER EVER come down unless they turned really good!
Then Papa touched Pipi's chin, ran his hands through the curly mess of her hair, asked her to be a lokkhi meye and walked away. Even before she could start wondering, Papa was standing on the OTHER side of the window and waving at them.
Now the box was full of uncles and aunties Pipi had never met before. So she started with a soft whimpering – and saved bawling for later. But Papa still showed no sign of moving back to HER side of the window. Rather, the floor started swinging, there was a LOUD and LOOOONG whistle, and Papa just shifted slowly out of the window WITHOUT moving his legs! To think of that Papa had never bothered to tell Pipi that he had a REAL pair of roller shoes!
Of course, Pipi bawled out loud this time – and why would she stop unless Papa was back? But Ma wiped her tears away with a pink towel-hanky that smelt REALLY good, and told her that Papa would join them in a day or two. Pipi chose to believe her.