Flat Stanley and the Sky Bucket

Flat Stanley was enjoying his morning breakfast.  Today, Nana made scrambled eggs with cheese made from goats milk.  The chickens lay the biggest eggs, just one egg and Flat Stanley is full.  While he was finishing up his egg, he looked out the window and saw the big claw machine carrying a full tree up the driveway!  He quickly brought his empty plate to Nana in the kitchen and ran for the door.

As he ran around the house he heard the loud chainsaw cutting trees and looked up.  When he saw the big bucket truck carrying a man with a chainsaw way up high in the air, he jumped up and down and ran back into the house!

“Nana, Nana come quick! You’ve got to see this!” Flat Stanley shouted in his high pitched voice that gets ever so higher when he’s excited.

Flat Stanley grabbed my hand and led me to the door, and then around the house.  It was a sight to see!  The bucket truck was way up high in the sky!

I asked Flat Stanley if he would like to do that job.  Flat Stanley looked at me in wide eyed wonder and then shook his head from side to side.  “No, NO Way,” Flat Stanley replied. “I’d like to drive the trucks on the ground though, like Bobcat Bob” Flat Stanley said.

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They were pushing the dirt around, lifting logs and creating a big flat space where Nana and Papa’s new house will be built.

Flat Stanley sat on the rock wall out front and watched them for most of the day.  It was fun to see the big dirt pile growing bigger and bigger.  He was careful to stay out of the way today as there were trees coming down with loud crashes from way up high in the sky.  Then the big claw machine would pick up the logs and carry them to the log stack that’s growing higher than a house.

A giant would have fun playing lincoln logs with that stack!

The chickens liked eating the little bugs that were gathering on the wood pile.  Flat Stanley was happy to see the chickens running free today.  They seem to be getting used to all of the loud noises around them.  Nana saw Flat Stanley looking at the chicken’s little ears.

“Did you know that you can tell what color eggs your chicken will lay based on the color of the little flap around the chicken’s ears?” Nana asked Flat Stanley.  Flat Stanley thought Nana was playing another one of her little jokes, but no, she was serious.  “It’s true.” she said.  “So, you learned something new today!”

Nana has a lot of crazy facts stored up in that brain of hers. Flat Stanley thought as he looked up at her smiling his beautiful smile.  Nana smiled back at him…crazy kid.

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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?

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