As Flat Stanley and Alexa were eating their cheesy eggs that Nana made, Flat Stanley’s mind began to wander.
He was thinking about all of the fun he’s had this week with Alexa, Jake, Jaida and all of the cousins, but at the same time had a nagging tinge of sadness. He was missing Briana and Auntie Terri.
He knew he wasn’t alone in these feelings. Alexa is having fun with Nana and Papa here, and loves the adventures with Flat Stanley; but she also misses her mommy and daddy who are on vacation.
Auntie Shana, Alexa’s mom and Don, her dad are enjoying an anniversary trip in paradise island; but Flat Stanley could even hear a tinge of sadness in their voices when they called home to check on everyone.
So Flat Stanley didn’t feel alone in his mixed emotions of overwhelming joy and excitement, and missing someone.
Auntie Shana recorded a fun good night video where she sings her special “good night sweetheart” song to Alexa. Nana plays it for her at bedtime and although she smiles while she does the “tickle tickle” part back to her mom in the recording, Flat Stanley could see the sadness behind her eyes.
Flat Stanley’s happy heart strings are super excited about spending such a fun time on adventures with Alexa, but at the same time those other heart strings are pulled because it’s hard when you’re missing those you love. I wish we could all live on the same street!
It was nice to hear Auntie Terri’s voice when she called, but the pictures Briana sent, made Flat Stanley really miss home.
Briana was playing in the basement of the barn. Briana likes to bring her friends to the creepiest places, but her friend Claudia didn’t seem to mind. She found a caterpillar!
And they finally have springtime in Massachusetts! Look at those spring smiles in front of Nana’s forsythia bush!
And Flat Stanley loved the picture of Claudia holding Penelope the chicken!
Their BBQ looked fun too! Flat Stanley can eat three hot dogs! He likes his with extra extra ketsup, which usually makes a big mess, but that’s what outside BBQs are made for!
That and lots of laughter!
“You know what keeps me happy Flat Stanley?” Nana asked. “I focus on the good heart strings, the ones that make me laugh out loud. Like a chicken dance in my chicken pants, and the laughter of my grandloves!”
“Another thing that helps us through a sad moment is to think about tomorrow and something you have to look forward to.”
“Yes, Flat Stanley!” Alexa exclaimed. “Think about all of the hugs and kisses and tickles to come when we’re all reunited again!”
Alexa was smiling as she went on to cheer Flat Stanley up by mentioning the Cinco De Mayo party this weekend! On THE day her Mom and Dad return! Something to look forward to brought a smile to all of our faces.
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