Her favourite time to play 'train' is when her one year old sister, Caitlin, is having her afternoon nap. Then Sylvie can play free from the interruptions of 'Caitzilla,' who swoops in like her fantasy namesake and lifts pieces of the construction recklessly out of place only to fling them around the room. You can imagine this doesn't go over too well with Sylvie.
How much of Sylvie's interest in trains is genetic? On my father's side of the family, the Prettys, there was a family of five railway workers, including two engineers and a conductor. My grandfather, Sam, and his brother, Fred, were engineers, while their brother, Cyril, was a conductor. On Rick's side of the family, Joe Lawrence, his great grandfather, was a conductor as well. His great uncle, Jim Lawrence, was a brakeman.
Meanwhile, in Prince Edward Island today, Sylvie is interested in 'ballerina moves,' (as she calls them), princesses, dresses, tutus and trains. Some would say she's a reincarnation of one of these ancestors.