Flat Stanley Sings with the Birds

Nana woke up to her favorite sound.  Birds were singing in the air outside.  When she stepped carefully down the stairs they got louder and louder.  She soon realized it wasn’t a bird, but Flat Stanley doing a perfect cardinal whistle.

He’s been practicing his whistle for a long time and has really gotten good at it.  Can you whistle like a bird?

“Flat Stanley, your whistle fooled me today, I thought we had a flock of cardinals in the yard.” Nana said to him.

Flat Stanley smiled up at Nana and told her about his morning.  He got up early and went  wandering around the yard.  The storm last night left wet grass, big mud puddles and a lot of happy birds in it’s wake.

When Flat Stanley saw the big puddles of mud, you know what he wanted to do, you know he had to; you know he did!

Jump splash boom, splasha splasha splasha GOOOOOON!!!! Who’s the goon, who’s the goon?  Not me not you, SPLASHHHH!!

Nana was giggling when she told Flat Stanley to get his muddy feet back outside and go play!  It’s a nice day!

Flat Stanley was having a blast outside!  He heard the birds in the bushes and went out to say hello.  They like Nana’s sweet lilacs.

The birds flew away when he climbed up into the bush with them, so he stayed really still and quiet until they came back and he could listen to their chirps and special calls.

Did you know that you can tell what kind of bird it is just by their unique call?

The cardinal is his favorite, viiviiiiiiiw, viiviiiiiiiw, peep peep peep peep peep peep peep.

As he was chirping in the lilacs, he saw it!  The big groundhog that lives under Papa’s old shed came out to say hello!  Can you see him there ready to crawl back into his holey home under the shed?

Nana named him “Gary the Groundhog,” she came out just in time to see him scuttle back into this home.

This is what he looks like up close.

As Nana came to join Flat Stanley on the garden bench, Nana told Flat Stanley about all of the wildlife they’ve seen here on this beautiful plot of land they call home.

Flat Stanley was surprised to hear that Nana spotted a coyote, a fox and one time a mama deer and her baby doe came trotting across the backyard.

But of course Flat Stanley’s favorite critter will always be his feathered friends in the coop!  The chickens were squawking, awaiting their morning treats, so Nana and Flat Stanley brought them fresh water and food.

Do chickens smile?  If they could, they’d be smiling now.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy your day and please subscribe so that Nana can send you an email when a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.  Everyone needs a free smile delivered daily!

 

 

Flat Stanley Skips Away

I’m sorry for the lack of a post yesterday, but Flat Stanley was nowhere to be found!  I woke up yesterday morning and he wasn’t in his bed!  Papa had to go to Boston to get an eye procedure done, so I asked Auntie Terri to keep an eye out for him.

“Where could he be?” Nana asked Terri upon returning home and still no sign of the little cutout cutie.

Auntie Terri, Briana and I were just coming out from the frames of the our home, thinking we may find him working in there when we saw him strutting up the driveway with a back beat swagger to his step and his backpack slung over his shoulder just before the sun went down.

“Flat Stanley, you had us scared out of our wits! Where were you all day?”

Flat Stanley smiled so wide his eyes were no longer visible as he told us about his day.

He told us about the sound of the train down the hill from our home speaking to him in the night and giving him ideas.  He took a walk in the morning, hopped aboard the local Worcester rail and found his way to the train station in Boston.

From there, Flat Stanley said he saw “Washington DC” on the schedule and just had to go see his bestie Alexa again!  He talked about how he’s been thinking about her nonstop since leaving town this week and he just had to go back and give her one last hug goodbye.

and the story continued…

Alexa was bedazzling the final dazzles on her new treasure box, when Flat Stanley came knocking at the door.  Her heart lept up into her throat and she looked up and down the street.

“Where is Nana and Papa?” Alexa asked.

“I took the train all the way from Boston to give you one last goodbye hug; I’ve missed you so much!”

Alexa was shaking her head and smiling but a bit worried that her little friend had taken such a long ride alone.

They enjoyed a late breakfast meal together and he got a great big hug from Alexa before heading out the door.

“We’ll see you soon Flat Stanley,” Alexa said.

As Flat Stanley was walking up the street to find his train back north, he see’s Alexa’s brother Jake taking a shortcut through the woods.

“Flat Stanley!  What are you doing here?  Are Nana and Papa back in town?” Jake asked.

“No, I came here alone…but I’m on my way back to Massachusetts now,” he replied.

“Well, before you leave, I’m having band practice in a bit, do you want to come?” Jake asked him.

You know Flat Stanley could never refuse a chance to play the drums with Jake!  Of course he said yes!

Jake’s friend came and picked them up, his friend Tom is a senior in high school and he was really cool.  They had the music going and were grinding to the beat in their seat.

When they arrived at the practice hall, Flat Stanley got to meet the entire band.  They loved his rhythm as they pounded out some beats.  He showed them how he could read musical notes and when to break.

This piano that brian was jamming on, had really cool sounds.  He could make it sound like horns, drums, strings, so many things!

The vibraphone is like a xylophone but filled the air with a really jazzy tone!

But you know it was the cool but rather odd drums that really caught Flat Stanley’s attention.

“Boom batta bam, boottie, bam bot tam!” Flat Stanley was singing as they played.

He really enjoyed his time at band practice, but he knew he’d better catch that northbound train if he was going to be back home by dark!

So, off he ran with a spring in his step and a big smile on his face!

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