Flat Stanley in the Virginia Rain

April showers bring May flowers.  Unfortunately, the rain was not making Flat Stanley happy.

Nana tried to cheer him by commenting on the beautiful reflections, and Papa spoke of the surreal poem he is going to write about barren trees.

This made Flat Stanley’s mind begin to wander. As he sat out on the back porch, his imagination sprouted wings and carried him into the mysterious forest across the lake.

Flat Stanley wasn’t afraid, and his mood began to lighten up.  He heard the sweet sounds of birds chirping, and tried to mimic them with sweet shrills of his own.

He sat down on a moss covered rock, beneath the tallest tree.  The tree worked as an umbrella, where he sat sheltered from the misty rain.

Two young deer softly trotted up beside him.  They seemed friendly, but the larger of the two young deer was gently, but very purposefully, using his nose to nudge Flat Stanley from the rock where he sat.

Flat Stanley stood up and watched as the deer used the same big rock as a stepping stone!  He reached his head up and grabbed the largest branch in his teeth, and began shaking it until the berries fell to the ground.

Flat Stanley watched quietly as the two deer rummaged for the berries now scattered on the forest floor.

It made him wonder if deer get moss stuck in their teeth.

After the deer were full on berries, they trotted off leaving Flat Stanley with a great memory.

Memory is a marvelous thing.  As he sat back down on the mossy rock he thought back to his earliest memories, people he’s met in his many travels, school friends and some great teachers he’s had, and also memories of family no longer with us.

It’s our magical memories that can turn a sad dreary day into a happy one.  Memories of happy times help us bring all of that laughter and joy into our current situation to make you smile.

Can you think of a memory where you were laughing? Take a moment and really think about someone or something that made you laugh.

I’ll bet that memory made you smile now.

The birds that were chirping high above, in the branches, came flittering down to eat the leftover pieces of berries that the deer left behind.

This left Flat Stanley smiling as he looked up and found himself on the back porch at Auntie Elaine and Uncle Jimmy’s house.

I hope this finds you smiling too!  Have a beautiful day, and please subscribe and tell your friends.  Nana will send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.

Flat Stanley is Ready for Travel Again!

Last night Nana, Papa and Flat Stanley had our bon voyage dinner with Auntie Terri & Briana.  Tomorrow is our day of travel!  Stay tuned for lots of travel pics, but tomorrow the adventure will be delayed by a day.

Briana dressed Flat Stanley up really nice.  She said she’d like to give him a makeover for their “bon voyage date.”  He seemed to enjoy wearing different clothes than the ones Nana always sets out for him.

“I’m the king of polka dots,” Flat Stanley said.  Then he began dancing the polka like they do in Poland.

Nana got up early this morning to finish up the last minute details in the house, getting ready for their trip!  Flat Stanley helped gather and clean the eggs that she’s hoping to share with the family.  That’s a LOT of eggs and Flat Stanley cleaned them “eggcellently!”

The bags were packed and Flat Stanley helped Nana carry them down the stairs.

But Flat Stanley’s favorite last minute task was definitely watering the plants!  He pretended he was a monkey in the mighty jungle of Borneo.  He had to swing high and wide to escape the wild leopards.  Flat Stanley has a wild imagination.

What do you like to pretend to be in a jungle?

We hope the jungle finds you smiling!  Enjoy your day!

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