Flat Stanley Spends the Day with Briana

Flat Stanley was quick to notice that Nana wasn’t in the best of moods this morning.  He was careful to stay out of her way and not become the target of her bad mood.  You know how some days are just like that and you need your own space?  Flat Stanley has had days like this too; have you?

So, Flat Stanley decided to make himself disappear, not really disappear; although that would be fun, but leave for a while.  He went to visit Auntie Terri and Briana next door.  He left Papa to cheer Nana up.

Unfortunately, it seems this bad mood is contagious today!

Auntie Terri was in a wicked mood too!  When he walked in the door, he could hear Auntie Terri was very upset with Briana about her messy room.

“You’ll clean this room today, before you go out and play,” Auntie Terri said.

Flat Stanley watched as Auntie Terri stomped back into the living room, where she returned to her vacuuming.

“I can help you clean your room,” Flat Stanley told Briana.  “Come on, we can make it fun!  Put some music on and we’ll dance our way through it!”

Briana put her favorite song by Jacob Sartorius on really loud and began doing the pick it up and put it away dance.  Flat Stanley joined in, and then grabbed the vacuum from Auntie Terri to get the floor looking nice too.

When Auntie Terri returned to see Briana’s room all clean, dusted and vacuumed, she smiled.

“Nice job Briana, and you’re quite the helper little man,” she told them.  “Now you can go out and play!”

Briana invited her friend over.  They call her “Muffin,” because she’s so sweet.

Then Briana and Flat Stanley decided to bring their friend over to visit Nana and see if her day was getting better.  Nana was sitting in her easy chair watching the Red Sox lose and she didn’t seem to be in a better mood, but at least she wasn’t growling under her breath anymore.

Nana’s house looked really clean too, I guess that’s what people do when they’re in bad moods, clean.

After the game was over, Flat Stanley and Briana found Nana with her headphones on and singing really loud, “Down in Jungleland…” Nana loves her Bruce Springsteen.  The best part was seeing her smile returned.

I guess everyone has their days.  I hope your day found you smiling and if not, then Flat Stanley has decided to tell you to play your favorite music, loudly!

What song will you choose? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

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Flat Stanley and The Magical Mermaid

Once again Flat Stanley awoke from a wonderful dream.  Upon rising, he immediately wanted to go back into the depths of the ocean with his bestie Alexa who had transformed into a mermaid, a magical mermaid.

The dream began with Flat Stanley fishing from the rock jetty that extended from the sandy shore in Virginia Beach, out past the waves, like a rocky pier.

He thought something was biting on his line, but each time he reeled his line in, the fish got away.

Flat Stanley was just about to pack up his fishing supplies to leave, when out of the depths of the deep blue sea rises Alexa’s smiling face!

“Hi Flat Stanley!” she said, “would you like to come swimming with me?”

Flat Stanley had been swimming in a swimming pool, but never in the deep ocean.  He was excited about the idea, but still a bit fearful.

As he was thinking about it, Alexa floated towards him, flapping an enormous and colorful mermaid tail behind her.

As she approached Flat Stanley, he was beginning to climb down the large rocks, approaching Alexa in the water.

Alexa let out a piercing whistle and a dolphin magically appeared.

“Deanna, will you please let Flat Stanley ride on your back?” Alexa asked her dolphin friend.

When Deanna the Dolphin agreed, Alexa explained to Flat Stanley that dolphins are mammals that breathe air like humans and magical mermaids, so he’ll be safe.

The next thing Flat Stanley knew, Alexa was flapping her big wide tail, swimming out past the waves as he held on tight to Deanna’s fin.

When they swam above the coral reef, Alexa told Flat Stanley to take a deep breath, hold it in, and relax.

Flat Stanley took a really deep breath and held it tight as Alexa led Deanna and Flat Stanley down to see the sea creatures swimming amongst the live colorful coral in vibrant pink, turquoise and purple.

Alexa’s mermaid tail had many of the same colors and she could blend in with the coral, she smiled and little bubbles escaped from her lips.

Seahorses floated and seemed to dance as they moved around Flat Stanley.  He reached out to touch one that got really close, and was surprised when it’s tail rested on his fingertips and felt like a slippery fish with gritty sandpapaper like spots.

Flat Stanley’s smile also let bubbles out when he looked up at his magical mermaid friend Alexa, who was letting a starfish slither up the back of her hand.

It was time for air.  Deanna the dolphin arched her back, giving Flat Stanley the signal to hold on tight and he held her fin as they sprang through the water aiming for the surface.

Alexa waved at Flat Stanley as she swam past him and then slowed to let Deanna and Flat Stanley catch up and pass her.  They all enjoyed this cat and mouse race towards the surface where the blue skies above were coming into view.

As Flat Stanley broke through the surface he took a big gulping breath of much needed oxygen and opened his eyes to find himself in his bed at home; smiling.

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