We had a great time! Not just Stanley and I, but my daughters and my great-grandson, all of whom shared in one or more of Stanley's adventures. It's amazing how a project like this one can get one out of a routine and off to explore someplace interesting. It's also amazing that not one single person we asked declined to be photographed with Stanley. His story and his friendly smile brought out the best in all of us.
Stanley is traveling home with several dozen photos, but I'll share a few samples now. (I'll keep these images small so I can post more of them. Please be sure to click on them to enlarge them.)
Here are a couple from home:
Butch and Levi wanted to go outside.
Stanley tried to help but couldn't reach the doorknob.
What better place for a flat boy to sleep
than on a flatbed scanner?
Stanley's first adventure occurred when my daughter Kim went with friends to New Orleans and took Stanley along.
Stanley inside the National World War II Museum.
About to enjoy his first world-famous New Orleans muffuletta.
One day Stanley went to work at the courthouse with my daughter Kelli.
Stanley, about to take a ride through the scanner/metal detector.
Later in the week, Kim and I accompanied Stanley to the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center in Baton Rouge.
Inside the Nature Center, this snake
seemed very interested in Stanley.
Outside, on one of the swamp trails,
Stanley couldn't resist climbing the tangled vines.
The alligators we saw at the Nature Center were baby ones, so before we went home that day we took Stanley to the Cajun Village in Sorrento, Louisiana.
There's a good-sized, live alligator on the other side of that fence...
...but it was safer for Stanley to pose with this fake one.
The next day Kelli, Owen, Stanley and I went back to Baton Rouge, this time to the downtown area.
Here's Stanley in front of the Louisiana State Capitol Building...
...and here he is with a protest sign on the front steps of the capitol.
(He was the only one protesting there that day.)
We left the capitol and walked a few short blocks south.
The castle-like structure in the background is the Old State Capitol.
It's a museum now.
I hated to say goodbye to Stanley. I hope he had as much fun as we did.