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 Meets Bobcat “Bob”

Flat Stanley arose after a very good nights sleep.  As Nana cooked breakfast, he was happy to tell Nana about his day in Nashville with Johnny.  While he ate his hot cereal with fresh blueberries, Nana told him about “breaking ground” today on Nana and Papa’s new house!  Flat Stanley could see Nana was happy about her day.

Flat Stanley jumped out of his chair and shouted, “Let the BUILDING Begin!!!!” as he twirled in a circle with his arms spread out as wide as they would stretch.

Then he heard the trucks coming up the drive, and he ran to the window.  It WAS going to be an exciting day!

The workermen brought out their tools for clearing the trees and brush for Nana and Papa’s new home.

The BIG Clawed Bobcat caught Flat Stanley’s eye!  When Bobcat Bob rode the big clawed machine up the driveway, Flat Stanley’s eyes got as big as saucers!  He had to ask, he just had to!

“Sir, um, Bobcat Bob, can I please have a ride in your clawed machine?  Please?” Flat Stanley said in his MOST sweetest voice.

Bobcat Bob smiled at Flat Stanley, the little cutout cutie steals hearts of even the biggest, bravest men!  “Come on up here son, and I’ll show you how this machine works.” Flat Stanley was so excited when Bobcat Bob let him work the controls to pick up big bushes and logs.  It was thrilling, like a roller coaster thrilling!

Flat Stanley yelled “TIMBER” as trees were falling to the ground, one after another after another.  He asked Nana if he could let the chickens out, because they seemed scared with all the cutting and grinding going on.  It was LOUD!  Nana said yes and was pleased to see Flat Stanley cared so much about the brood.  When he opened the gate to the chicken coop, they followed him to the other side of the house to scratch and play.  Flat Stanley fed them their favorite treats to keep them happy.

Then Flat Stanley resumed watch on the workermen.  He LOVED watching them pick up and carry full trees to a big pile!  Then CRASH and Down fell another tree by the chainsaw guy!

Flat Stanley saw a tear fall from Nana’s eye when the big Mulberry tree went crashing down.  It was one of her favorites, but would have stood right in the middle of where the kitchen will be, so it had to go.  Flat Stanley came up with a great idea.

“Hey Nana, we could cut a good chunk off that tree and get something really neat carved for you.  Maybe someone can make a bowl or statue or something out of it.”  Nana smiled down at Flat Stanley, “that’s a great idea, thank you,” she told him, but the sadness still showed in her eyes.

After all the trees were cut and you could see where the big house was going to be, Flat Stanley looked at the BIG PILE of logs stacked up and began to climb.  “Lumber Jack Time!!” Flat Stanley shouted.  He loved this day!  Nana came over quickly to help him down, “that could be dangerous, honey.” 

..but it was fun, Flat Stanley thought to himself (very quietly).

Flat Stanley was worried about the chickens after the workermen and Bobcat Bob left.  He ran around the yard and looked in the woods out back.  Nothing.  He didn’t think any scary animals would want to be around the noisy machines, so he didn’t think something hurt them.  He was worried that they ran away.

Then from the other side of the clearing he sees one, two three.. here they ALL come running toward him, just as fast as their little chicken legs could carry them.  All eight were soon safe in their coop and Flat Stanley went in for his dinner.

When he laid down to sleep that night he knew.  He knew he wanted to grow up to BE Bobcat Bob and ride one of those claw machines that picks WHOLE trees up and moves things around.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I hope Flat Stanley and Nana made you smile today, and thank you Steve for playing “Bobcat Bob” for a day.  Please Subscribe so that Nana can send you a smile whenever a new adventure is posted.