Flat Stanley Goes to the Petting Zoo

Flat Stanley’s eyes were sparkling with excitement when Nana told him that we were taking him and Briana to the petting zoo.

“I don’t know what kind of animals will be at a petting zoo,” Flat Stanley said, “but I love all animals!  So this is going to be a fun day!”

We piled in the car and drove out of town to where the special petting zoo was being held by Klem’s in Spencer, MA.

*** If you’re local, check it out!  They’re there all weekend. ***

When we got out of the car, we were greeted with the smell of fresh hay and cotton candy!

“This is what I’m talking about!” Flat Stanley said as he smiled up at Nana.

Briana took Flat Stanley’s hand and they ran ahead of Nana and Papa to see the baby goats.  Oh she knows how badly Nana wants goats.

“I want screaming goats and fainting goats,” Nana said, as she and Papa caught up with them.  “When the screamers blat out their screams, the fainters faint like they’re playing dead!”

Flat Stanley and Briana decided they wanted to see that too!

There were food receptacles set up near every stall with the animal’s favorite treats.  They loved being fed.  Briana was a little skittish at first, but the goats showed her how it’s done.  They’re not shy!

Papa’s favorite was the baby emu.  She was so cute with her little feathers and long legs the same length as her neck!

“It looks like a walking squash,” Papa said.

“Imagine what they’ll look like when they’re fully grown.” Nana pondered to herself thinking of their long legs and neck rising much higher than her own.

Flat Stanley liked the Llamas, and as you can see, the llamas LOVED him!

Briana posed for a picture with the big Australian Cow.  It was tame and let Papa grab his horn.

Nana said she took this picture for Auntie Shana, Alexa’s mommy.  She said she was waiting for them to dance like the ones in Barbados!  But they were very still.  Flat Stanley thought they were two large rocks in the corner, until Nana pointed out their little legs protruding from under their tortoise shells.

The sheep were very hungry with their calls for food.

Can you make a sound like hungry sheep?

We kept returning to the Llama pen.  They were so friendly, and they loved being scratched and talked to.

Papa was having a nice little chat with Eliandra the Llama, when Flat Stanley came up to do a little photo shoot.  They all smiled for the camera, even Eliandra.  Can you see her smile?

Wait, here’s a close up.

Flat Stanley saw the ponies and wanted to ride!  Unfortunately, Briana said she didn’t want to, so we had to just watch the other kids.  After a bit, Flat Stanley agreed that going in a circle being held on to, was more for babies.

He wanted a lasso, and to be let loose in an arena. As he imagined this he accidentally shouted out “Giddy up and RIDE!” The toddlers on the ponies loved it! One boy raised an arm in the air playing along with him.

After a lot of fun with the animals, Briana was drawn to the smell of cotton candy.  Flat Stanley, Nana and Papa followed her to watch the man spin the sugar on a stick round and around, until it was bigger than her head!

Flat Stanley enjoyed the fun adventure and skipped to the car smiling.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy a beautiful day and please subscribe so that Nana can send you a smile tomorrow!  Who doesn’t need smiles delivered every day?

 

 

 

 

Flat Stanley Gets Hurt

Flat Stanley woke up this morning and wanted to surprise Nana again by gathering the fresh eggs from the coop and feeding the chickens for her before she came downstairs for her coffee.

When he stepped outside, he saw that ice and some snow had covered the yard and walkway.  Between patches of ice, were the stepping stones.  Flat Stanley looked at the path as a challenge, a hopscotch trail challenge!

“Hoppity hoppity, Boop Boop Boop!!!!!”

Jumping down the path he aimed for the dry patches of rocks on the walkway as he chanted, “Hoppity hoppity Boop Boop BOOOoooooooop…, OUCH!” ooohh Flat Stanley didn’t make the last rock of safety and landed on ice instead.

Down he went so fast, he wasn’t able to protect himself very well.  It just all happened so fast.  It hurt bad.  He went in the house and found Nana making her coffee.

“Nanaaahhhh…”

When I looked over I could see Flat Stanley was hurt.  His lip was bright red and there was a scratch on his knee and scuffs on his clothes.

“Oh, come here honey and let’s get some ice on that lip of yours.”  Nana knew he had fallen hard and was worried that his lip was going to swell up like a balloon.

The bag of corn in the freezer will make a great ice pack.

I layed Flat Stanley down on the couch and wiped his teary eyes.  Then I gave him the frozen bag of corn to place on his lip.

“This will hurt a little at first Flat Stanley, but then you’ll begin to get numb and won’t feel the pain.  It will help your lip from swelling too much as well.”

Flat Stanley carefully placed the bag up to his lip looking at Nana, and hoping it wouldn’t hurt too very much.

It did hurt a little when he touched the frozen bag of corn to his lip, but after a while, like Nana promised, it began to get numb and not hurt anymore.

I put the TV on and let Flat Stanley browse through the stations.  When he came across “Mighty Machines,” he was all set. This is a show he likes, but one that won’t make him laugh too much.  It hurt too much to smile.

Flat Stanley had to be careful with what he ate, so he didn’t hurt his lip too much.  He loves applesauce, so I brought him a cup, and he found he could eat that without hurting his now puffy lip.

Flat Stanley has a hard time not smiling, even when it hurts.  He’ll feel better soon with Nana’s care.

I hope your smiles don’t hurt and that you enjoy your day.  Stay safe!  New England is not a fun place to be this “spring.”

This post is dedicated to my granddaughter Alexa.  I heard you fell off your bicycle and hurt your lip.  I hope you’re feeling better and that it doesn’t hurt when you smile now. 😘 Nana and Papa love you.

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