My twin cousins Chase & Carley are participating a class project called “Flat Stanley”. Originally a 1964 children's book written by Jeff Brown, Stanley Lambchop’s adventures were the inspiration for the Flat Stanley Project, launched in 1994 by Dale Hubert of Ontario, Canada. It’s similar to the old Pen Pal Program but with a fun new twist.
As described on the site: “The basic principle of The Flat Stanley Project is to connect your child, student or classroom with other children or classrooms participating in the Project by sending out "flat" visitors, created by the children, through the mail. Kids then talk about, track, and write about their flat character's journey and adventures.”
This is also a great way for kids to understand, through their connections with friends and family, the world around them - or at least their own motherland - and interesting spots in a loved-one's hometown (not everyone lives in a capital city and obscure might be far more intriguing!).
So Miss Carley chose me to be the recipient of her Flat Stanley so that I could show him around DC and send back photos of all the adventures that Stanley and I had while he was here. I immediately got on the horn and called up my FoodNewsie and he met me downtown after work with camera in hand to make sure Stanley and I didn't get into too much trouble as we gallivanted around our Nation’s Capital - the 3 of us would roam as far our little feet could carry us in a few hours before dark.
It should be noted that Stanley was a quiet and considerate guest and I enjoyed spending time free-ranging all over DC taking fun pictures and having a treat from the ice cream truck on a warm spring evening. Here’s our story along with a brief history of DC: