Thursday, May 01, 2008

Flat Stanley Visits Nashville


A little more than a month ago I received the sweetest surprise in the mail--a long letter from my niece Alaina, telling me who she is (in case I forgot, I guess....or perhaps just an example of a second grader falling prey to the dangers of a form letter:) and who Flat Stanley is. For some reason I thought everyone had heard of him, but I've learned over the past few weeks that I'm wrong.

So in case you don't know, Stanley Lambchop is a character in a children's book; he's flattened when a bulletin board falls on him, and he makes the best of the situation, taking advantage of his flattened status and traveling via envelope to his friends. Alaina and her class asked that I show Flat Stanley around Nashville and take some photos of us together.

My photos are fairly predictable (food and children related:)....we shared sushi with FS and taught him to use chop sticks; included him in a birthday celebration for my friend Tara; took him to the Parthenon and a Vandy baseball game; talked to him about the homeless; and even took him on an Easter egg hunt. It was fun to have a companion with me for a few weeks too even if he is flat and made of paper. Hmm....there's something kind of nice about a man who is predictable, reliable, and has to go wherever I say....

Happy (almost) weekend!


p.s. I'm grateful for anticipation and having so much to look forward to, the least of which isn't a trip to Destin with friends for Memorial Day and a trip to D.C. with Carter. Speaking of Carter, I'm finally starting to feel ridiculous calling him the "guy that I'm dating" and referring to him as "my boyfriend." I'm silly.

12 comments:

A-Ron said...

So you two had the DTR talk?!

Ys said...

aww i want a flat stanley to take around with me and talk about things with :)

Ally said...

Ys: You need a second grader to send you one. It's so fun.

Aaron: We did a long time ago, although he'd assumed that was our "status" for months before the actual DTR.

Ryane said...

It's so good to be silly. =-) And welcome to DC when you get here... you've picked a great time to visit the city...=-)

ella said...

I want your life. Especially since my mother just called me to yell at me about being so busy.

So glad that things are going well with Carter. :)

anne said...

Have a great weekend, you and Flat Stanley.

Flat Coke and Flies said...

Sushi??? Did he meet Sam or did you go somewhere else? ha

I'd say Carter is your boyfriend by this point. I want to go to DC, I've never been.

Lib said...

those cupcakes look really good. i want one.

brandy said...

Ahh! I love, love, love that you got a Flat Stanley! I had my class send out Stanley's in February- such a fun project. I got so into it I took my Stanley to the Hoover Dam. My kids love those pictures.

Such a fun project.

Pam said...

My cousin had us photograph Flat Stanley everywhere when he was younger. Fun!

kathrynthomas said...

um, yes. that is awesome!

Carlos said...

I love me some Flat Stanley. I can't wait for Sohaila to have to do it.
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