Nana was sitting out on the back porch with an iced tea in her hand this afternoon. It was a hot day. She was pondering Flat Stanley and all they’ve done since he was sent here by her granddaughter Alexa.
When Flat Stanley first moved to the farm with Nana and Papa in Massachusetts, he was slim and trim and had no idea what a chicken ate, or how to care for them. He was a wide eyed boy full of wonder, with that beautiful smile. He learned quickly.
He never lost this wide eyed sense of wonder. He loves everyone and appreciates all of the kindness Nana and Papa give him. He likes to return the favor by helping out on the farm in any way he can.
When Nana saw how well Flat Stanley did on the farm, to show her appreciation; she awarded him with a brand new pair of red suspenders. He loved his red suspenders, and he loves helping Nana, still.
Yesterday it was gardening, today it was feeding the chickens and helping her gather and cook the eggs for Papa. He made sure the chickens had plenty of water. Today it was over 90 degrees and very humid. Chickens can handle the heat, but they do need extra water; just like humans.
Nana likes to repay kindness and help around the house and farm, in any way she can. With Flat Stanley, it was easy. He loves her chicken fried steak, macaroni and cheese and dill potatoes with sour cream.
With the added calories in his diet, Flat Stanley soon found he didn’t need the suspenders to keep his pants up. With all the work he was doing to help Nana and Papa, he wasn’t getting fat, but he was filling out and growing.
So the red suspenders ended up in his drawer upstairs in the bureau. Nana calls it a bureau, but Flat Stanley knows that’s just a fancy word for “dresser.” He still calls it a dresser, and has his red suspenders rolled up in a nice round circle in the corner of his top drawer. It’s a daily reminder of when he was awarded the label of “farmer,” a label he wears proudly.
Just looking at those suspenders makes him smile. I hope this finds you smiling too! If so, please subscribe so that Nana can send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley adventure is posted.