For the record, this is not a joke and is not in any way disgusting. With that being noted, several weeks ago, a friend asked me if I'd be interested in a Flat Stanley. Yes, your reaction was the same as mine....what on earth is a Flat Stanley? Flat Stanley is a paper doll character in a children's book who's so flat, he can go anywhere. Flat Stanley was part of a school project from somewhere in California. The object of the project was to educate these children about US geography. We cheated a bit using China. I went beyond the project suggestions which was to send a postcard from wherever he visited.
This is my adventure with Flat Stanley. He was supposed to go to the Great Wall but the friend I arranged to take him to the wall, forgot Stanley. If you look carefully, you will find Stanley in all of the pictures in the story.
Fortunately, I had both Sunday and Monday off during this week. This left ample opportunity for sightseeing. We took a car to Stone Flower cave and Marco Polo Bridge (both southwest of Beijing - ninety minutes through the city). On the way back they dropped me off at Tiananmen Square. This was a perfect opportunity for Stanley to pose in some really touristy spots.
As a side note, I took Stanley to Mao's Mausoleum and the guard saw me clipping Stanley to the security tape with my cell phone belt clip. He shouted something and the thought of another international incident rang in my brain (anybody remember the Israeli Embassy photos?). I removed Stanley from the tape and showed him to the guard who let me go about my business.
Next stop for Stanley is Macedonia From there, India.
Dear Mrs. Lindemann,
I found your email address from your web site. I received a Flat Stanley Doll that started in your class and wound up here in Beijing China. I've taken the liberty of taking Stanley to a number of historical places near by. I'm sending Stanley to a friend in Germany and then it will go to India. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I doing this project. Please, feel free to share them with anyone you wish. If you have any questions or need anything else, please don't hesitate to ask.
Louis G. Des Rosiers
Oh, it's been a long trip since I last saw you. Alyson Wood sent me to Kodiak Alaska where they have lots of fish and really big Kodiak bears. From there I flew to Washington DC and hopped aboard an airplane bound for Beijing, China. Some of you may remember that China has been in the news lately. Our country will be signing a trade agreement with China so that goods may flow freely between both countries.
I'm staying with my friend Louis. He works here in Beijing. He travels the world working on construction projects. He's worked in some really neat places; Turkey, Georgia (the country not the state), Armenia, Tanzania, Jamaica, and now, China.
We've been to some really cool places.