Flat Stanley Shows Kindness

Nana woke up not feeling well today.  Flat Stanley could see she was pretty miserable when she finished her first cup of coffee and that didn’t bring about her usual smile.

She took some cold medicine and layed on the couch with a lozenge in her mouth to sooth her sore throat.

Flat Stanley rummaged through the kitchen until he found a nice blend of ginger and green teas that he knew she would enjoy.  He put the cup of water in the microwave and waited for it to steam.  After steeping the teabags for a few minutes, he brought Nana a nice cup of hot tea.

“Oh, Flat Stanley, you didn’t have to do that, but I’m so glad you did.  The steam will really help my sore throat,” Nana said.

As Nana sipped on her hot tea, she began to let her mind wander…do you learn kindness or are you born either being kind or not so kind.  All of us have kindness within us, but some of us let that kindness shine more often.

What brought about these thoughts was a book written by a new friend  Rhonda Paglia.  It’s called “The Kindness Kids Project.”

Flat Stanley and Nana were reading the book together yesterday, and really enjoyed the creative ways the kids expressed how they show kindness in so many ways.

How do you show kindness?

This is a really nice book that is full of art and examples of how kid’s show kindness in their own special ways.

“Kids really do want to make this world a better place,” Flat Stanley said.  He loved looking at the beautiful pictures and descriptions on how each kid shows kindness.  It gave him some great ideas.

Nana is going to visit her grandloves soon and plans to have the kids draw pictures and write about how they show kindness.  It will be a fun thing to do together.

Are you a kindness kid?  Do you help protect the earth.  Some kids talked about recycling, picking up trash others had thrown on the ground and remembering to turn off the lights when not in use.

I hope you are thinking about ways to show kindness.  This makes Nana smile, even when she’s not feeling well.

I hope you’re smiling too!  If you’re interested in getting your own copy of The Kindness Kids Project book, you can ORDER it from Amazon.

Have a beautiful day and spread the love through kindness.  Our world needs more kindness kids!

Flat Stanley Joins the Concrete Crew

Flat Stanley could hear the workermen outside, and when he peeked out the window, he saw a few guys lifting heavy boards out of the truck and forming the foundation of Nana and Papa’s new home.

The foreman saw Flat Stanley running towards him.  He was a bit short on his crew today, so the foreman just came out and asked him, “Flat Stanley, you look like an able young man, would you like to join our crew for the day?”

Flat Stanley’s chest puffed up a bit (as much as it could being flat and all), but he stood up straight and tall and said, “Yes, Sir!”

Foreman Frank asked Flat Stanley to work with his own son, to help him move the boards and get them in the big ditch.

He struggled a bit, but he really worked hard with his crewmates.  They placed the boards in framed squares, where the concrete would be poured.

After the boards were layed out in the exact measurements and formation of the future house, it was time for concrete!

“Ohhh boy oh boy!!” Flat Stanley said, as he was asked to help the driver get the truck placed just right so that the concrete would come out of the mighty rolling machine and set to pour into the little frames.  Then he got to FLIP the lever and ggggguuuussssshhhhhh, out came the heavy concrete pouring down the ramp.

Flat Stanley had an idea about the ramp!  It looked like a fun ramp, like a slide!  You know he wanted to, you know he had to; you know he did.

He came down the ramp singing.. “ohhh oohhhh the landslide brought him down…down…”

The concrete crew actually enjoyed Flat Stanley’s silliness and helped him up.  Then they put a trowel in his hand.  That’s the thing they use to smooth out the concrete.

The concrete was then leveled out nice and flat with perfect grooves down the middle.  

 

 

 

 

This is when Flat Stanley got another crazy idea!  He could see the concrete begin to harden, and decided his foot prints would make really pretty tracks in the not yet hard stone.  Then they’d be there forever once they harden!

He begged and he begged Greg.  He was one of the workermen who seemed really nice. “Please, Greg, pleeeeease will you help me leave my footprints in the concrete.” Greg was feeling kind of groovy and actually let Flat Stanley leave his footprints permanently in the foundation of Nana and Papa’s new home!

“Woooo hooooo,” Flat Stanley shouted, “thank you ‘groovy’ Greg!”

After a long days work, Nana came out with her shout, “oohh it’s time for DIIINNNNNNNAAAAHHHHH”

The foreman thanked Flat Stanley for a hard days work. He told him that a check would be arriving and that if he ever needed a job, that his future was as secure as his toolbelt!

Flat Stanley was beaming! Even after a hard days work that left him exhausted, he was smiling.  I hope you’re smiling too.  Oh, there goes Nana again, “OOohhh it’s time for DIIIIIINNNNNnAAAAHHhhhh…” and into the house he ran.

I hope Flat Stanley and the concrete crew brought a smile to your face, as they did mine today.  This one was a lot of fun to put together, the concrete crew was a lot of fun and they LOVED Flat Stanley!  If you subscribe, Nana will send you an email every time a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.  I know you can use a daily smile, everyone can these days.