Totto-Chan let out a whoop of joy and started running toward the "train school,"calling out to Mother over her shoulder.
"Come on, hurry, let's get on this train that's standing still."
Startled, Mother began to run after her. Mother had been on a basketball team once, so she was faster than Totto-Chan and caught hold of her dress just as she reached a door.
You can't go in yet.
The cars are classrooms, and you haven't even been accepted here yet. If you really want to get on this train, you'll have to be nice and polite to the headmaster. We're going to call on him now, and if all goes well, you'll be able to go to this school. Do you understand?
Totto-chan was awfully disappointed not to get on the "train" right away, but she decided shehad better do as Mother told her.
"All right," she said. And then added, "I like this school a lot."
towards the Principal's office
Totto-chan let go of Mother's hand and raced up the steps, then turned around abruptly, almostcausing Mother to run into her.
"What's the matter?" Mother asked
"Theman we're going to see must be a stationmaster!"
Standing above her on the top step, Totto-chan whispered to Mother in all seriousness
"Why don't you ask him yourself! And, anyway, what about Daddy? He plays the violin and owns several violins, but that doesn't make our house a violinshop, does it?"
"You said he was the headmaster, but if he owns all these trains, hemust be a stationmaster."