Have you ever heard of Flat Stanley? A few years ago my nieces participated through their school. It's a project that was started by a third grade teacher. Essentially, students create a "Flat Stanley" and then send it to friends, family or pen-pals. The recipients write back with a journal telling the student what Flat Stanley has been up to while out traveling. The recipient might also include pictures of places Flat Stanley had visited or postcards. It's a unique and fun pen-pal project and literacy activity (students learn letter writing, journal reading and writing, research about the places Flat Stanley traveled, etc.)
So, fast forward to a few weeks ago. We were again going through some of the stuff from my grandma's condo and we came upon this suitcase.
For as long as I can remember, this suitcase has contained a mismash of Barbie dolls and Barbie clothes originally belonging to my aunt and then used and abused my me, my sisters, and my cousins and then to a lesser extent by a third generation. The contents are, generally speaking, in pretty sad shape. Lots of missing arms, legs, and heads.
But there are some gems. Like Sonny and Cher.
And Farrah (aka Jill Munroe).
Farrah's head is in great shape though her hair is a bit unruly, but unfortunately she's missing a leg. Well, actually she's not missing it, it's just not attached to her torso. I think the three of them are beyond awesome.
And, then there was the original Flat Stanley, a Flatsy doll from the late 60s/ early 70s. I don't think his name was originally Flat Stanley and they made lots of different Flatsy dolls with various accessories.
Since I found him a few weeks ago, he's been traveling around in my purse. And occasionally I'll send my mom and sisters annoying text messages outlining his travels around Iowa City and Des Moines. I finally figured out how to get the pictures uploaded from my camera, and so you now get to share in the ridiculousness that ensues when cell phone cameras and a ridiculous 1970s flatsy doll collide.
He went for a drive,
and stopped at QuikTrip for a slush.
He can't believe the Christmas decorations are already out at Hobby Lobby.
He had a long week at work.
So, he had a beer
and wings at The Vine.
Then he went to a movie, and waited for it to start. He was a little confused by Inception, but enjoyed it nevertheless.
Last weekend he went to Des Moines, and had a nice lunch at Centro.
Stay tuned for more Flat Stanley adventures. I'm easily amused, and the possibilities are endless when I remember to pull him out of my purse. Or maybe I will send him on vacation. And by the way, you know Flat Stanley? There's apparently an app for that.