When I was a kid my teacher read us a story about a boy who could fit under doors and inside of envelopes. His name, as I’m sure you can guess, was Flat Stanley.
Somewhere along the years making a Flat Stanley and placing him in an envelope and mailing him off to family and friends in faraway places became a second-grade tradition. My kids sent out their Flat Stanleys to Washington and we also hosted a friend’s Flat Stanley. (The idea, in case you’re unfamiliar with it, is that the child colors their Stanley and mails him off to someplace far away so that the recipient can then show Stanley around their town and photograph him in these far-off places and, in the process, teach the child about geography and interesting things about new places and people. They then mail Stanley back along with the pictures and a letter describing what all Stanley got to see and do – it’s a learning-by-proxy adventure…Stanley can go places that the child can’t go…and it’s all very fun and even, hopefully, educational!)
Well, Ruth Hendricks, who passed second grade at least a couple of decades ago, got the fantastic idea that she would create her own version of Flat Stanley…and so, in the mail in a bright pink envelope, we recently received Flat Ruthie. And she has had (I hope) a fantastic time with us here in southwestern Minnesota.
Ruth has a photography blog as her main blogging adventure, and has added her Flat Ruthie blog this year as a new and different way to approach the blogging world as well as, of course, “experience” the world through her flat self.
And so…I present to you, Flat Ruthie in Minnesota.
The photo captions tell her story…
(Please see Ruth’s two blogs if you’re interested! This link FLAT RUTHIE is for her Flat Ruthie blog. And this link RUTH E HENDRICKS PHTOGRAPHY is for her photography blog. She would love Flat Ruthie to travel to as many places as possible, so anyone is welcome to join in the fun! Please consider it – I’d love to read about your adventures together! I could even send her on to you…as long as you promise to return her…we have more adventure to take together!)