Flat Stanley Explores Spring Flowers in Massachusetts

Flat Stanley awoke very early this morning.  He tossed and turned in his bed a bit, tried to get his pillow fluffed up just so, hoping to get back to sleep; but sleep wouldn’t come.

So, he trotted downstairs and poured a bowl of his favorite cereal, Cheerios! He likes the little circles and the crunchy chrunch as you munch.

After breakfast, Flat Stanley decided to go out and see what was going on in the yard.  There were no workermen working on Nana and Papa’s house, so he strolled out back.  He was surprised to see how many plants that were just bushes yesterday, had beautiful flowers blooming.

The hotter days really do sprout pretty flowers, he was thinking as he took a selfie with a few of them.

The rhododendron stands nearly as tall as the old farmhouse.  It’s covered in pretty purple blossoms that had yet to open, but there were a few starting to sprout their beauty.

The dogwood is one of Grandma Teresa’s favorite flowers.  Whenever Nana and Papa go for a ride in the car, she points them out and admires their beauty.  The Dogwood Tree is the state tree of Virginia…or is it the state flower?  Maybe someone in Virginia will tell Flat Stanley in the comments below.

Nana loves her pretty pink lilacs!  This bush is huge too, but you can’t stay close to it for too long.  The bees really like it and they need a safe place to buzz around.  So Flat Stanley left them to gather their nectar and do the pollination thing they do so well to help grow a lot of the food we eat.  They don’t call them worker bees for nothing, we really rely on them.

When Flat Stanley got near the chicken coop, they were very loud this morning.  They were squawking for extra treats!  So Flat Stanley ran into the barn and grabbed a few handfuls of treats.  Did you know that chickens like to eat grit?  It’s like gravel and it helps their food digest through their gullet.  They like to eat hard oyster shells that are crushed into small pieces too.

The chickens were happy to have Flat Stanley bring them extra treats today.

Flat Stanley walked back to the house and Nana was outside.  She was pulling weeds and admiring the Iris that bloomed this week.

“Oh there you are Flat Stanley,” Nana said with a smile as he trotted up.  Look at how pretty this Iris looks today!  Did you know this was my sister Valerie’s favorite flower?  I planted them all in a row here beside my porch the year she died.  I think of her and her beautiful soul when they bloom.

Nana’s smile was shadowed a bit…she seemed happy and sad at the same time.  But when she leaned down to smell the flower, it was all smiles.

I hope this finds you smiling too, hug your loved ones a little tighter tonight.  Our world needs more hugs, and of course smiles!  Please subscribe and Nana will send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley adventure is posted.

Flat Stanley enjoys May Day!

The first of May is a very special holiday!

“Flat Stanley, today we get to celebrate May Day with Alexa!” Nana exclaimed, showing her holiday excitement.

We started off by gathering a nice bunch of flowers for Alexa to take to school and give to her first grade teacher, Mrs. Wenzel.

Mrs. Wenzel was so surprised to see Flat Stanley strutting in wearing his infamous red suspenders!

“Happy May Day,” Alexa and Flat Stanley sang out together.

May Day is a special holiday originating long ago in the Roman times, to celebrate the goddess of flowers, the changing of the seasons and warmer weather!

On May Day in England, Scotland, and other Eastern European countries, they celebrate May Day by dancing around the colorful May Pole.

“The children (and young at heart) form a circle around the pole.  Long ribbons stretch from the top of the pole, to each person in the circle.  And then they dance!” Nana explained.

Alexa and Flat Stanley loved the cake that Nana bought for their own May Day celebration.

Flat Stanley got a lot of icing on his face, he’s a very messy eater; but Alexa helped him clean up.

After cake, they used bright markers to color spring designs on the the flower pockets they were creating.  Nana helped them shape the paper into a cone and tape it together.

Then Alexa and Flat Stanley placed fresh flowers in the cones and tied a string, so the cone of flowers could hang from a doorknob.

And then the fun part!

“OK Alexa,” Flat Stanley said, “you do the first one, hang it from the neighbor’s doorknob, ring the doorbell and RUN back to us.  We’ll stay hidden behind this bush.”

Alexa was a little nervous at first, but she knew that the nice neighbor Mrs. Buford would love the surprise.

Alexa hung the beautiful bouquet in her pretty handmade cone basket on the doorknob.

She could hear Mrs. Buford talking to her dog inside, so she rang the doorbell and ran as fast as the wind back behind the bush, where Flat Stanley was crouching in his hiding place.

They watched as their neighbor, Mrs. Buford opened the door. Seeing nobody there, she looked a bit dismayed.  But then she saw it!  She saw the beautiful bouquet left secretively for her.  She looked up and down the sidewalk wondering who left these fresh flowers and pretty May Day cone of flowers for her.

Success!  Alexa and Flat Stanley remained hiding as May Day is all about making people smile in secret.  They can’t find out who left the flowers, or the secret is blown!

They did have a hard time containing their giggles as they watched Mrs. Buford take her flowers inside and shut the door; she was smiling.

I hope this finds you smiling too!  Please subscribe and Nana will send you a smile a day!  Who doesn’t need that in today’s world!  Spread the joy!!