Happy Inauguration Day!
This is a very exciting time to be an American. I feel a bit as if the sun is coming out again after a long, dark storm. With baseball-size hail. And lengthy power outages.
I wanted to share a story I came across recently. It illustrates one of the reasons I love Barack Obama.
A class of second-graders in Connecticut had a Flat Stanley Writing Project. For those of you who havenâ€™t met Flat Stanley, heâ€™s squashed flat by a falling bulletin board. Youâ€™d think this would be a disadvantage, but itâ€™s not. For instance, his parents can put him in a large envelope and mail him for a visit to his friends in California.
For the project, these Connecticut students made paper Flat Stanleys and began a journal with him for a few days. Then Flat Stanley and the journal were sent to someone famous to continue his journey, with the request that they add a bit to the journal, then send everything back to the original sender. Students plot his travels on maps and share the contents of the journal.
Letters were sent to Yankee third basemen Alex Rodriguez, Nancy Pelosi, Mark Spitz and John McCain. Did they write back? Nope, not a word.
Three boys wrote letters to Barack Obama who was the only person to respond.
(Admit it … that photo made you grin like an idiot, didn’t it? How cute are THEY?!)
Loretta Waldman of The Hartford Courant reports:
Obama’s three-page letter to Aron described Flat Stanley’s visit with him and his staff in Washington, D.C. It chronicled their busy day together, which included coffee with constituents, a Senate committee meeting and a trip to the gym. It also had historical facts about the U.S. Capitol, details of Obama’s job and a confession from Obama.
“Sometimes I get a little nervous before talking in front of a crowd, but Flat Stanley helped me practice the speech,” Obama wrote. “He made me recite it in front of him and then even gave me some advice so the speech would go smoothly. Flat Stanley is really a great coach.”
Are you proud thatâ€™s the kind of guy we have as President?