Wikipedia: The Little Red Caboose is a children's book by Marian Potter illustrated by Tibor Gergely first published in 1953. It tells the story of a caboose who longs to be as popular as the steam engine leading the train and who ultimately gains respect and admiration by saving the train from rolling backward down a mountain.
Flowers: This is the same self-effacing Caboose I admired and emulated as a yearling in the 1950s. Clearly, however, the story and its lessons need a major revision and upgrade to reflect our contemporary culture. Maybe a video game, too. It troubles my imagination to comprehend the transformation of this steadfast, tame but heroic, unheralded Little Caboose into one of XBox's raging steroid-pumped anti-heroes.
© r0096-03 Red Caboose
Marlinton, West Virginia
Saturday 1 June 1985