Ellora is the only first cousin my children have, and for the first time in recent memory she won’t be joining us for Christmas vacation. My kids all cried when I told them. Mona in particular is having a hard time with it. But! We did receive a less animated but still entertaining substitute in the mail the other day. Introducing, Flat Ellora:
Flat Ellora is a project my niece is doing for school based on the popular Flat Stanley idea. She shipped a paper version of herself to us to show around Milwaukee for a week. It’s not as fun as having real Ellora in town, but my kids had a good time with the flat version.
The first thing we noticed about Flat Ellora was that she was not dressed appropriately for winter in Wisconsin. She arrived from New York in a fashionable outfit, but it’s blizzard city here, and staying warm trumps everything when it comes to attire in the Midwest during bouts of wind and snow. Aden and I set to work making her a snowsuit with good boots and mittens.
a good costume. I think Mona has more costumes in mind, plus all the kids were concerned about the lack of a suitcase and toys…. I don’t think my niece’s teacher was expecting a new wardrobe and accessories to return with Flat Ellora, but that envelope is pretty stuffed.
Flat Ellora was in for a higher level of abuse activity the next day accompanying Mona. There are always a lot of projects and presentations going on in her classroom, and the kids made Flat Ellora a clay dress, posed her near everything and everyone, and pretty much gave her the full tour of the plants and the maps and the puzzles.
Unfortunately amidst all the excitement Flat Ellora lost an eye and her mouth and a bunch of hair. (New York may be a busy place, but it’s got nothin’ on the whirlwind of stuff my kids are up to, so maybe the stress of all the Montessori hustle and bustle was getting to her.) Flat Ellora had to go to choir rehearsal half blind and unable to sing, but the girls still liked having her there.
In any case, we summed up the transportation elements of our lives in about two sentences and then decided to fill the journal with pictures about going to school in Milwaukee and what we did this week, which included setting up our Christmas tree and hanging stockings. We have a stocking here for my niece, so it was nice to get to use it even for just her Flat self.
We liked hosting Flat Ellora. It was strangely sad to see her go when we took her to the post office.
I’m kind of hoping after seeing her that one of my kids’ teachers gets inspired to do a similar project. Flat Stanley is interesting, but what a fun idea to send a little flat version of yourself off into the world somewhere! (I want to mail myself to Italy…..)