Thursday, March 3, 2011

Goodbye, Flat Jack!

It's time for Flat Jack to go home. He was a pleasure to have around and an ideal guest. He didn't eat much, never made a mess, and was always polite and well-behaved. In fact, he spend most of his time hanging out by the refrigerator. Ok, make that hanging on the refrigerator. We'll miss you Flat Jack! Come back and see us again next year!

Yesterday, as a special treat, I took Flat Jack into Philadelphia to see the sights. Grandma Joan came along to lend a helping hand (literally) and to see her flattened grandson. Here are some of the fun things we saw and did.

While we were in the visitor's center, Flat Jack ran into Flat Julia from California. The two stopped to compare notes and then had their picture taken. It's always nice to make a new friend. 

Flat Jack just had to see the Liberty Bell. He agreed it was all that it was cracked up to be.

Christ Church Burial Ground was established in 1719. It is the final resting place to many famous people from colonial times. 

Benjamin Franklin, a famous scientist, inventor, and signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, is buried there.

Here's a statue of Benjamin Franklin.

Next stop was a visit to the home of Betsy Ross, a flag maker from colonial times.

Flat Jack posed next to a reproduction of a United States flag from 1777. Each star represents a state. How many states were there back then?

Betsy Ross is buried a few yards from her house. 

This pretty cat woke up from its nap long enough to pose for us.

Elfreth's Alley is our nation's oldest residential street. That means people have lived and worked there since the early 1700s. People still live in the houses today.

The streets are made of cobblestone.

Here's Flat Jack on the shoulder of Phillie Phanatic, the mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. Lookin' good, Flat Jack!


  1. Flat Jack is certainly better travelled than I! I will have to try some kind of flattening process.