My son Anthony Dalida, Jr. (1st grader at Oak Hill Elementary, Severna Park) sent his Flat Stanley to his uncle in Redwood City, California. Since then his Flat Stanley has been to Los Angeles and Seattle.
In February, his uncle, Randy Wolfert, got his reserve unit activated and was sent to Iraq in late May. Much to our surprise, he took Flat Stanley with him and he just emailed us pictures!!
My son was so happy to see his Flat Stanley in Iraq with Iraqi children and U.S. soldiers. It was a great way to expose the recent events to my kids on a lighter note!
I hope you enjoy them!!
Flat Stanley’s friend Flat Jenna made some travels of her own, to Baghdad, Iraq recently with the US Air Force. She made it back safely to continue her travels.
Here’s another Flat Stanley note from Iraq. It began,
A Flat Stanley was sent to my son in Iraq. I thought you might be touched by his adventures there:
Stanley arrived in the mail the other day and boy, were we surprised to see him. All my soldiers and I could not figure out what the strange muffled noises were that were coming out of this large unmarked envelope. We thought some soldiers in another unit were playing a joke on us. We opened up the letter and out popped Stanley.
He would have gotten into a lot of trouble if our commander had seen him so we had to hide him quickly. We ended up hiding him in the back of a truck, not realizing that it was heading out on a mission a few minutes later. I was just able to jump in the truck before we went out the gate so that Stanley would not be alone and scared. He was not very scared, which is surprising as we were driving all over Iraq and it can be a very dangerous place.
Our mission today, however, was a good one. With the rebuilding of the Iraqi countryside, our unit has been sponsoring a small school, and we were going out to help fix up the building and deliver books and supplies to the kids. They are usually a little scared when soldiers show up, but all the little kids were fascinated by the fact that Stanley was flat. They all came up to talk to him, and he told them of some of his adventures.
Later that morning the wind came up and Stanley was in danger of blowing away, so some of the Iraqi schoolchildren tied him up with twine to try and keep him from flying away. He still took off though, and the kids had fun for about two hours flying him like a kite. He seemed to have fun as well because he was able to see a lot of the countryside.
At the end of the day we had to head back to base camp, because bad things tend to happen at night. All the soldiers knew that we would get in big trouble if someone found out we had taken a kid with us on mission, so we had to find a way to send him back to the United States. Our mail is really slow, so we tried to get him on a military jet out of Iraq. The pilots wouldn’t take him because he was flat and they were afraid that he would accidentally slide out of the cockpit and float away. My soldiers took- him to the motor pool and hooked him up to the air compressor that we use to inflate tires, but unluckily for him it had been broken earlier in the day by a mortar attack. Stanley was really beginning to miss the US, so we packed him up in a bubblewrap envelope with a few MRE’s (Meal Ready to Eat), which is the food that we eat here, and sent him on his way. I hope that he figures out how to fill back out again, because I would sure not be happy if I had to live life in fear of high winds blowing me away -from my family. It was nice to have him around though.
Stanley had a great time though and is safely heading back home,
CPT Bradley Waite
US Army, Iraq
(Brad’s mother’s note: Brad is safely heading home, too. By the time you pick up this email, he will have arrived in Kuwait enroute to the U.S. again.)