in thy presence there is fullness of joy… Ps 16:11 NOAB
In 1964 the children’s book Flat Stanley written by Jeff Brown was published. In the story a bulletin board hanging over Stanley Lambchop’s bed fell. It completely flattened Stanley which led to a series of books highlighting adventures that only a flat person could experience.
Three decades later Canadian third grade teacher Dale Hubert started the Flat Stanley project. His students created their own flat people who went on to have adventures of their own.
To my surprise and delight I hosted a flat person for several weeks. Flat Rylee arrived in West Tennessee in a manila envelope delivered by the US Postal Service. Inside were instructions from my granddaughter’s first grade teacher and a letter from Rylee.
Flat Rylee sits on fouton in Grandmother’s cabin
Over the course of her visit Flat Rylee joined me at work, went to the feed store and library and helped with the farm chores.
Flat Rylee sat down in the hay stack with Sonny
Flat Rylee tipped into the Brahma Sonny’s fenced space and sat down in the hay stack with him.
When Sonny became curious about what Flat Rylee was doing there, she left to visit the horses.
Sonny notices Flat Rylee
From a tree she watched as Jack, the Palomino paint, and Bebe, a line-back filly, ate their breakfast.
Jack notices Flat Rylee while Bebe dines
Flat Rylee also visited the local library where she received a yellow kite and a pink flower. She joined librarians Kecia, Laura and Mary Anne in the children’s corner at the tea-table. There she met stuffed pals Love Bug, Angel Bear, Ms. Kitty, Giraffe and Llama Llama.
When it was time for Flat Rylee’s visit to end, she returned home with several 4X6 color prints and a brief description of our travels together.
Any time Flat Rylee cares to visit, she is most welcome.