April 27, 2006

Flat Stanley and Grandmothers

In 3rd grade there is a project called Flat Stanley. The kids take a piece of paper cut out as child, color it like it is them, and then mail it to someone far far away, with a request that the recipients take it with them wherever they go for the month, take pictures, and send Flat Stanley back with information as to what they did during that month.

The kids love this project. I personally feel bad for the recipient. What responsibility to take care of this paper doll! Son#2’s class did Flat Stanley for the month of February and I saw Flat Stanleys go all over the world.

But none of them… not one of them… compared to Son#2’s Flat Stanley, who went to… Mimi and Big Daddy’s, otherwise known as Mom and TGOO, in the Panhandle.

Mimi did not take her job lightly. While every other child in Son#2’s class got their Flat Stanley back in a brown envelope with ONE picture and a little paragraph as to what they did that month, Son#2 received a BOX.

Oh yes.

He received a 2 foot, by 1 foot by 9 inch box. As the teacher was doing mail call, as all Flat Stanleys were mailed back to the school address, he got… a box.

And in this box? His Flat Son#2 (all Flat Stanleys were renamed after their owner), a 3 ringed binder cataloging every event of the month, Mardi Gras beads for every child in the class, a small coloring book from the Pub for whom TGOO plays the bagpipes for every child, and that dot candy… a strip of it for every child in the class.

Yes. Son#2 received a Flat Son#2 care package.

What was the first thing I thought when I saw this? “Oh crap. Mimi has just officially raised the bar in grand parenting and this is going to be remembered. Holy crap. I won’t be able to keep up…”

That was my first thought.

And then I laughed.

Good Lord.

This three ring binder? She had gone onto the weather channel internet site and printed the weather of every day Flat Son#2 was with them. So on the left page would be the weather for the day and on the right page would be a summary of that day, complete with picture.

I kid you not.

Flat Son#2 went hiking, to lunch with Mimi and her girlfriends, to Valentine’s Day breakfast with Mimi and Big Daddy (their tradition instead of Valentine’s Day dinner), to Mardi Gras in downtown Pensacola (with pictures with this paper doll on a float where the Mardi Gras celebrants gave him his own beads), helped Big Daddy paint a bedroom, went to a bagpipe gig, and… shooting.

To name a few.

Back to shooting for a moment… TGOO decided to take him to the range. Evidently there was thought of putting him up with the targets during target practice. Mimi, I do believe, extended the threat of great bodily harm should Flat Son#2 come back with a hole in him, so no Flat Stanley's were damaged in any way during this project. No holes. But we deemed that on the big poster board, the picture of him with the .45 would be frowned upon, it being a school project and all... but the picture of him with the targets did in fact make the final cut.

So below are some pictures. The whole thing cracks me up. And Son#2 had to engineer his poster board to hold all this stuff. He did a fantastic job.

The bar has been set for grand parenting. I am hoping that by the time I’m a grandmother, my boys will forget all that she has done for them. I suspect, however… they will not.

As always, click to Enlarge:

Flat Son#2 with TGOO's pistol:

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Flat Son#2 with the targets... I am sure the temptation to put a hole in him was overwhelming...

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Flat Son#2 at Mardi Gras in Pensacola, on the float with partipants and HIS OWN beads they put together for him:

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Flat Son#2 with Big Daddy... you can barely see Flat Son#2. He's right there in the pipes, near the drones.


And lastly, FlatSon#2 with Mimi on the Nature Trail. And I will have you know that that is Mimi's natural hair color. She STILL doesn't dye her hair...
(Heh. She's loving me for that one...)

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Posted by Boudicca at April 27, 2006 09:18 PM | TrackBack

That is just plain cool!

Posted by: Sissy at April 27, 2006 09:42 PM

It is, isn't it? They did a GREAT job.

My Mom put all these little captions under the pictures, like the one where my Dad is on his knees painting the baseboards... funny picture. Flat T is sitting there and Dad has this look on his face like, "I so frickin' hate painting". So she captioned it.

Posted by: Bou at April 27, 2006 09:46 PM

that is my hubba!!

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at April 27, 2006 10:31 PM

What a riot! I love this project idea.

Posted by: Marie at April 28, 2006 05:40 AM

Oh my. I'm not showing my kids this!!! They did a great job.

side note: Have fun in Austin!!!

Posted by: vw bug at April 28, 2006 07:04 AM

My husband just did some Flat "timmy" photos with a friend of his who'd brought Flat "Timmy" to a conference in Jacksonville, FL. They took him to the bars and got pictures with the very cute waitresses! And got a photo with a Blue Angel jet. I think it's great that your mom embraced the plan with gusto!

Posted by: Lori at April 28, 2006 07:32 AM

That is fabulous! Not only is it funny, it's extremely inventive. If I ever have grandkids I'll have to remember this. Thanks TGOO and Mimi - you two ROCK!

Posted by: Teresa at April 28, 2006 11:00 AM

Hooray for your folks for doing such an amazing job! I bet it will be talked about for a long time!

Posted by: Jody Halsted at April 28, 2006 12:06 PM

Seriously, sounds like my mom. Holy Moly, my youngest got a care package too and her Flat Stanilina had an autographed picture taken with Buffalo Bill Cody. I don't know how I will ever measure up in the grandma department one day.

Posted by: Richmond at April 28, 2006 01:55 PM

Shared this with my Wonder Woman (who is very familiar with "FS"), and she was seriously impressed.

Yeh, well, so was I.

Somebosy'd digging a hole for ya, Bou... but I think you'll be able to climb above it when your time comes.

Posted by: David at April 29, 2006 07:20 PM

What a great project - wish we had done something like that in school. Awesome!

Posted by: Carmen at May 1, 2006 06:30 AM

That is so cool.... sounds like Mimi and my Mom (Mema to my boys) would get along just great.

A few years ago, my neighbor had a landscaping brick stolen from their yard. We were joking around about it being like that lawn Dopey that was stolen and taken on a national tour- remember that? The people who took Dopey took pictures of him everywhere they went, and they mailed the pictures home to the owners.
Well.. I got a wild hair up my butt and decided to take a landscaping brick on vacation with us that year. We have pictures of the brick climbing a tree, snorkeling, watching tv, riding a bike, sunbathing- all sorts of stuff. It was freakin' hilarious. I love silly stuff like that!

Posted by: AFSister at May 1, 2006 10:46 AM