Flat Stanley is Off for New Adventures

Flat Stanley woke up with a spring in his step and danced to the breakfast table.

“Cha Cha Cha I see Alexa todayyy” Flat Stanley sang a little ditty to the movement of his feet.

Nana and Papa were busy packing up  the car.  Auntie Elaine and Uncle Jimmy had been collecting their egg cartons and Nana asked Flat Stanley to pack up the eggs for Auntie Shana and Auntie Tanya’s households.

The spring in Nana’s step went in two directions.  So happy to be on their way to spend a week with their nine grandloves in Virginia, and sad to be leaving Auntie Elaine and Uncle Jimmy.

“We hope you’ll be able to come over for lunch next week. It’s about an hour drive, so maybe we can meet halfway.”

The thought of a short-term goodbye made it easier.

While Nana and Papa were busy saying their goodbyes, Flat Stanley said “adios amigos” to his new pet friends Riley, Penny and most friendly Henry.

Before hitting the road they stopped for lunch at the local Bobby K’s in Colonial Beach, Virginia.

This is where flat Stanley spotted the giant Rooster!

“Oh Papa, You know I want to, you know I need to, you know I have to!”

Papa’s smile grew wider as he hefted Flat Stanley up on the giant Rooster.

“Yippeeekayayyyyyy!!! I’m off to see Alexa!” Flat Stanley shouted in the crowded restaurant.

Nana gave Papa “the look,” and Papa brought Flat Stanley back to the table.  He was smiling wide and ate very quickly ready to be on the road for more adventures!

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Springtime in Virginia with Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley woke up early.  He was anxious to go outside and explore the lake and yard around Auntie Elaine and Uncle Jimmy’s house.

“Come on Henry!!” Flat Stanley said to their dog and then he tried to whistle.  It wasn’t much of a whistle, but Henry caught his intention and ran by his side.

Henry ran across the grass ahead of Flat Stanley. He’d scuttle three steps ahead and then turn around to make sure Flat Stanley was following.

The water was so beautiful.

Flat Stanley went out on the dock to look for fish swimming below.  He didn’t see any fish, but two big ducks paddling their feet with a flutter, scuttled past.

He walked back up to the house and found springtime!! Nana is going to be so happy to see this!  He laid in the middle of the phlox flowers, rolling around and around, breathing in the scent of spring!

“Ahhhh springtime!!” he said as he exhaled.

He wanted to pick an Iris for Nana.  The flowers were in perfect bloom their petals blew softly in the spring breeze.  Flat Stanley decided the flowers were happier in the garden.

Uncle Jimmy lined the gardens with bowling balls!

Flat Stanley wanted to go bowling, you know he really had to; you know he did.

He picked up one of the heavy bowling balls.  He couldn’t quite lift it when he stuck his little fingers in the holes, so he got his hands underneath the heavy ball, and hefted it up. With a mighty push throw, he projected the heavy bowling ball forward on the grass.

That’s when Nana came out on the porch. She didn’t look very happy about Flat Stanley’s lawn bowling.

And then Flat Stanley’s last hefty finale came, but the ball went a little too far and went crashing against the rocks.

Flat Stanley clenched his teeth as the bowling ball careened and crashed down the rocky bed.

A loud voice screeched “SteeerrrIKE!!! From across the yard. Auntie Elaine had come out on the porch just in time to save the day.

It made Flat Stanley giggle and yes, even Nana, who stood shaking her head,  smiled and chuckled.

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