Guest Author: Flat Stanley

Today I turn my blog over to a recent guest who just finished up his month long visit with us out here on Maui.  His name is Stanley Lambchop, but his close friends call him Flat Stanley.  For those of you, like myself, who have no idea about Flat Stanley, he is the main character in a 1964 children’s book, authored by Jeff Brown and illustrated by Tomi Ungerer.

According to my terribly quick and barely informative book review, Stanley is given a bulletin board by his parents and it is hung above his bed.  While Stanley is sleeping the bulletin board falls on him and flattens him (just a quick side note: if I read this as a child I would have been terrified of black boards at school or any form of hanging board…even a light-as-air cork board).  To everyone’s surprise, Stanley survives the flattening and has many adventures in his paper thin state, including the ability to travel to his friend’s places by being mailed in an envelope.  Eventually Stanley tires of his flattened form and returns to normal by using a bicycle pump to fill him out.

Hundreds of students each year mail Flat Stanleys to their friends, family, distant relatives, even heads of state in order to let their Flat Stanley experience an adventure.  Below is the story of Brayden Cherevka’s Flat Stanley, taken from his journal entries.

October 2nd, 2013

Aloha from Hawaii!  I arrived on the beautiful island of Maui in the state of Hawai’i.  The first thing I did when I got to my new place was unpack my suitcase and change into comfortable clothes.  I put on my board shorts, buttoned up my nicest “aloha” shirt and went out to explore the island.

October 3rd, 2013

I woke up super early today and went to the beach.  I had my snorkel mask and swim fins on and swam in the Pacific Ocean for the first time.  The water is so clear I was able to plenty of fish, a few eels and a bunch of green sea turtles.  I did not see any sharks, which made it a great day of snorkeling.

Stanley enjoying the beautiful Maui beaches, complete with his snorkel, mask and fins.
Stanley enjoying the beautiful Maui beaches, complete with his snorkel, mask and fins.

October 10th, 2013

Today we went for a hike that ended at a waterfall.  This place was so peaceful, there was nobody else around.

A Maui waterfall.
A Maui waterfall.

October 25th, 2013

Vinny took me to Baldwin High School’s homecoming football game tonight.  I watched the game until halftime, but then I went down to the field for a special surprise; I received a kiss from the homecoming queen!  What a great game.

Stanley with the Homecoming Queen.
Stanley with the Homecoming Queen.

October 27th, 2013

We went to the pumpkin patch to find two perfect pumpkins for carving.  Everybody was trying to find the best pumpkins they had, so it was very crowded.

Flat Stanley visiting the pumpkin patch.
Flat Stanley visiting the pumpkin patch.
Emily and Stanley having fun at the pumpkin patch.
Emily and Stanley having fun at the pumpkin patch.
Making new friends on Maui.
Making new friends on Maui.

October 31st, 2013

Tonight, for Halloween I decided to stay home and hand out candy to trick or treaters with Vinny.  We sat out in the driveway and got to see a lot of kids in pretty cool costumes.  We handed out a lot of candy and got to show off our carved pumpkins.

Stanley with his carved pumpkins.  Tiki on the left, Owl on the right.
Stanley with his carved pumpkins. Tiki on the left, Owl on the right.

November 1st, 2013

We drove up to the summit of Haleakala National Park today to look down into the crater.  Haleakala volcano is currently dormant, which means it is not currently active, but it has the ability to become active at any time.  Fortunately it did not erupt while we were standing on it.  Haleakala is over 10,000 feet high, so it was cold at the top.

Vinny and Stanley at the entrance to Haleakala National Park.
Vinny and Stanley at the entrance to Haleakala National Park.
Stanley and a National Park Ranger.
Stanley and a National Park Ranger.

November 16th, 2013

Today, Vinny, Emily and I volunteered to help out the Maui chapter of The Nature Conservancy.  We spent eight hours, deep in a forest, removing invasive Himalayan Ginger by pulling, digging and ripping it out of the ground.  An invasive species, in this case a plant, is considered a non-native species of a particular region.  Non-native plants can be introduced to a region or area through man, birds, wind or waves, meaning; man can bring it from other areas unknowingly, birds can bring it when they fly, wind can bring it in the air and the ocean can bring it using the waves.  Invasive species tend to grow at a rapid pace because they have no natural predators.  Without anything to control their growth the invasive plants begin to destroy native plants by growing too quickly and taking their food and sunlight from them.

We worked hard to remove as much ginger as we could, but in the end it seemed like we did not even put a dent in the forest.

Stanley and a group of people trying to help make a difference.
Stanley and a group of people trying to help make a difference.

November 17th, 2013

Vinny has made arrangements for me to travel some more, so I need to pack my suitcase again.  I am getting on a plane tomorrow to head to Boston, Massachusetts for five days.

November 18th, 2013

I made it to Boston today and boy is it cold.  I had to put on my winter clothes, including my hat and gloves.  I miss the sandy beaches and warm tropical breezes already.

November 19th, 2013

I went to the New England Aquarium with Emily today.  They had all kinds of fish on display, as well as penguins, jellyfish, seals and sea lions.  I even saw a few green sea turtles, just like the ones I saw in Maui.

Stanley and some cold weather loving friends.
Stanley and some cold weather loving friends.

November 20th, 2013

Boston is so rich in history, you can’t help but get excited about seeing and learning about the history of the United States of America.  Even though it was a bit chilly, we ventured outside to some parks and saw statues, we warmed up in the museums while looking at art.

Stanley in front of George Washington's statue.  Apparently GW is a huge Boston Red Sox fan, beard and all.
Stanley in front of George Washington’s statue. Apparently GW is a huge Boston Red Sox fan, beard and all.
Stanley and Paul Revere.
Stanley and Paul Revere.
Stanley and George Washington.
Stanley and George Washington.
Stanley saying goodbye to Boston and Paul Revere.
Stanley saying goodbye to Boston and Paul Revere.

November 25th, 2013

I am back in Maui for a few more days before I have to head to Arizona.  Vinny took me to Lahaina, which is a really old town on the west side of the island of Maui.  Lahaina used to be the royal capital of the Hawaiian kingdom before Hawaii became the 50th state.  It was also a popular destination for whaling ships in the early 1800’s.

We sat under the banyan tree, which was planted in 1863 and has grown to almost an acre wide…it’s huge!  We ate lunch in the Pioneer Inn, which has been standing since 1901, and walked along the shops on the historic Front Street.

I though this dog was driving the truck at first.
I thought this dog was driving the truck at first.
The banyan tree in Lahaina.
The banyan tree in Lahaina.
The Pioneer Inn.
The Pioneer Inn.

After visiting Lahaina, we drove out to the Nakelele blowhole to watch the waves crash against the rocks and force water through a hole that shoots a fountain of saltwater forty feet into the air.  It was fun to watch from a distance, but seemed too dangerous to get close to.

Nakalele blowhole.
Nakelele blowhole.

November 29th, 2013

As the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end”.  I’m about to get sealed up in the envelope to begin my journey back to Arizona, so I’ll end my journal by saying Aloha Maui, Aloha Boston and Aloha Arizona!

I cannot wait to show everybody in Arizona my adventures on Maui and in Boston.

Vincent Lorusso Written by:

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. - Jackie Robinson

2 Comments

  1. December 17, 2013
    Reply

    Some guy named Flat Stanley is rolling over in his grave right now :)

  2. martiwrites
    December 17, 2013
    Reply

    I’ve been a temporary host for Flat Stanley a number of times, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen his travel photos. What fun!

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