Thursday, July 3, 2008

Flat Stanley does yoga

So far so good with my
commitment to daily yoga in July. It mystifies me that I couldn't do this on my own, that it required pledging my intentions to the online yoga group. This further confirms an understanding of myself gained in the past decade or so: that I'm not necessarily a self-starter. That's not good or bad, but when I first came to grips with the fact it surprised me.

Here I am in 2003 practicing yoga with Flat Stanley, the little flat guy propped up against my leg. Parents of grammar- and middle school-age children probably recognize the name quickly. This particular version was created by my nephew, Micah, who at that time was in second grade. I opened the mail one day in May to find Flat Stanley and a letter written by his teacher describing the project. He was to stay with Mike and me for a determined amount of time and we were asked to treat him as a member of the family during that time, including him in our daily lives. Then we were asked to return him to Micah's teacher, along with a report of Flat Stanley's time with us, after which she would share all the students' Flat Stanleys adventures with the class. The whole thing so enchanted me that I decided to make a photo journal for Micah. It turned out so well that my sis said they'd keep it forever (individual projects were returned to students after class sharing and discussion).

I was sorry to learn online that The Official Flat Stanley Project is threatened now, it seems due partly to its enormous success. It's a convoluted problem and if you have the inclination you can learn more at the link.

Since I have these photos pulled from storage I might as well feature more of Flat Stanley's 2003 visit with Aunt Lydia and Uncle Mike. Check back over the three-day weekend to see what other activities we shared with the little flat guy.


Mibsy said...

Can't wait to see more of Flat Stanley...beautiful photo!

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

Clearly stating your intentions makes you's to continuing your daily routine :o)

Lydia said...

Thanks, Mibsy! Flat Stanley had some fun, as you'll see...

Well said. I do plan on continuing daily yoga. I got so much done today and rather effortlessly, attributable to the morning practice I am sure.

Natasha said...

wow never heard of the flat stanley! Seems like fun. Better yet, yoga seems like more fun.

francessa said...

Oh yes, Lydia, tell us more! Flat Stanley sounds like an awesome project! Great photo!

a little bird said...

ha, that's awesome, flat stanely is the man!

you are so beautiful. happy fourth : )

Lydia said...

I sure wouldn't have known about him if my nephew hadn't included me in the fun project! Yoga's great and getting better :)

Thanks! He is a fun project (but your students are too old for Flat Stanley :) Even so, as a teacher you might be able to have influence in the preservation of the FS project; info is at that link in the post.

Little Bird,
Happy Fourth to you and your family, and thanks for the sweet compliment. You're so young that you probably had the Flat Stanley project when you were a kid!

francessa said...

Maybe I could adapt him for my younger students :-). I'll support the project!

Lydia said...

That is so cool, Francessa!



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