A Funeral Reading For A Child
Bradley and his family lived in a beautiful house that had big tall trees all around.
Bradley was getting ready for a trip. He didn't know where he was going but he knew that he was going to ride with his friend Thomas the Train.
Now Thomas, in his life, had taken people from all over to different places. He always got them to where they needed to go safe and sound.
Once on the train, Thomas took care of everything. There were bears on the train to help Thomas to do his job. Some bears looked after other bears; some bears played with other bears.
Bears were of every age and came from all over the world. No one was ever sick on the train; even those bears who were sick before weren't sick anymore. Every type of food--good stuff and junk stuff--was available twenty-four hours a day.
There were special things on Thomas for little bears -- lots of toys and a big playground like Disneyland. Little bears always got special treatment on Thomas because sometimes they travel alone. Thomas and the bears on the train that helped Thomas kept a special eye on little bears so that they were never lonely.
Soon Bradley was ready to go to the train station where Thomas was meeting him. Bradley's family took Bradley to the train station. They were sad and worried because he was such a little bear to be traveling on his own. But they knew and trusted Thomas because Thomas had been doing this job for a long time. They knew Thomas would take good care of Bradley and make sure he arrived safely to meet his family at the next train station.
Bradley hugged his family a temporary good-bye because Thomas promised to get Bradley to the next station where his family would meet him.
It was still very very hard to say good-bye because Bradley wanted his family to come and they wanted to come with Bradley. But this was a trip that Bradley had to take by himself and his family had lots of other things to do before they met Bradley at the next station.
Bradley and his family promised to think about each other often and to remember all the special memories and times they had together. Thomas promised the family that he would take extra good care of Bradley, just as Bradley's family promised Thomas that they would take good care of each other.
Lots of friends and family were there to wave Bradley off and the family and friends also promised to take good care of each other and Bradley's family.
As they cried and waved at Bradley on Thomas, they saw a rainbow. Someone said, a long time ago, that a rainbow is a promise waiting to happen and that a rainbow will always be over little Bradley until he sees his family at the next station and then they would travel the rest of the journey together forever.