Flat Stanley and His Anniversary Surprise

Flat Stanley stepped down the stairs a little later than usual this morning.  Nana and Papa were already making coffee and eggs in the kitchen.

“Happy Anniversary, it seems like 50 years, not 22; but I hope I’m lucky enough to enjoy many more with you.” He overheard Papa telling Nana.

Flat Stanley’s face turned a little red and he slowed his steps, kind of embarrassed to come trotting in on “the moment.”

Nana was smiling and was giving a Papa a kiss when he turned the corner at the base of the stairs.  He turned into the bathroom rather quickly.  Ew.

He could still hear them talking about all that they’ve been through with each other over the past 22 years, with the kids, grandkids, different homes and travel they enjoyed.

When he went into the living room he looked at the pictures on the walls that showed Nana and Papa when they were younger.

Later in the day, he was talking to Auntie Terri.

“So, what should we do for their anniversary?” Flat Stanley asked.

“Well cupcakes would be nice, but Papa is diabetic, so maybe flowers would be better.”

They decided they’d go look for some pretty flowers later.  While they sat in their quiet thoughts, Flat Stanley had to ask.

“Auntie Terri, why would anyone want to get married?  I’m never getting married.  Yuck.”

“Well,” Auntie Terri replied with a bit of hesitation on how to answer this one.  “There are different kinds of love.  You know how  you love Alexa and Briana as besties, and you love Nana and Papa because they are kind, loving people and me…” she said as she she squeezed his side, “When you’re older, things will look differently to you.”

Flat Stanley giggled a silly kind of bashful laugh over a conversation about love in it’s many forms.

“Can we go to the store now, Auntie Terri?” Flat Stanley asked.

They went to the store and found a nice assortment of beautiful flowers on this gorgeous spring day.  They had a hard time choosing.

“Yellow and purple grow nicely together,” Terri said. These are beautiful and Nana will enjoy planting them in the garden with you and Briana.

Flat Stanley agreed and they went home to surprise Nana and Papa.

Nana and Papa were just finishing up their dinner when Flat Stanley surprised them with a picture he drew.  He loves to draw.  It was a picture of Nana and Papa.

“Happy Anniversary” He cried out as he came in with his work of art made just for them!

Terri and Briana came over to give them hugs and Nana and Papa loved the flowers they chose, but loved their smiles most of all.

“This is love…” Flat Stanley said with a smile.

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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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