Flat Stanley arrived at our house one day in May 2006.
Our nephew Stewart sent him with detailed instructions on how to care for him.
His third grade teacher was kind enough to send additional information, explaining that Flat Stanley is a character from a book written by Jeff Brown. Since Flat Stanley is flat, he can travel around the world in an envelope and have many adventures. In our travels with Orchy, we had been told about Flat Stanley by others, so we were delighted to finally meet him.
Jill gave Flat Stanley a face, and dressed him in a hat, shirt, and binoculars. He's quite a happy chap ...
... especially when the ladies are around.
His first evening in Indianapolis, Uncle Bob, Aunt Mary, Debbie, and Jill took him to dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse.
Flat Stanley didn't have anything to eat, though, so he could remain nice and flat.
The next day, he went out to lunch with Debbie and her colleagues.
He got his photo taken with the famous Orchy in Debbie's office.
He was quite thrilled to be in the company of a celebrity (Orchy, not Debbie!).
That weekend, Debbie took Flat Stanley on several plane trips. Their first stop was a layover in Memphis, Tennessee.
Next, they spent a day in Houston. Here is Flat Stanley with Debbie's cousin Leonora, Aunt Ruth and
Aunt Mary. (Yes, two Aunt Marys! But Flat Stanley is quite clever and was able to tell them apart.)
On his way back to Indianapolis, Flat Stanley got to visit the Detroit Airport where he bought a pressed penny from the Motown Store.
Here's Flat Stanley on the plane back to Indy.
Up ahead in First Class was Rupert from the television show "Survivor."
(First dark head of hair in front of the First Class divider above.) So, here's a photo of Flat Stanley and Rupert.
After Flat Stanley's adventures were done, he traveled by mail back to Stewart, along with photos and souvenirs.
After Flat Stanley returned home, that was not the last we saw of him. A few months later, Flat Stanley joined us on a trip down the Colorado River in July 2006.