When my dear friend Dianna suggested I take "Flat Matthew" along on my recent trip to Europe I was nonplussed. But she insisted, mumbling something about a six year-old from Kansas but still not making a lot of sense. Finally, the day before my departure last month she delivered "Flat Matthew" and his instructions and I was hooked!
According to the address list on the back of "Flat Matthew", he had already criss-crossed the United States a few times and had even been to Afghanistan before he came to me. One look at that little boy's face and I was committed to providing this child with a memorable experience.
The instructions requested that we send a postcard from wherever "Flat Matthew" visited back to his school and to take photos of "Flat Matthew" in these different locations. We were also asked to write a few words in the accompanying "Adventure Book" and finally to forward "Flat Matthew" and his props to someone else who would continue the chain. He just had to be back in Spring Hill, Kansas by the end of the school year!
I am getting ready to return "Flat Matthew" to his school in Kansas, and I have to say I'm going to miss the little guy. What started as a favor to a friend turned into a quest to give this first grader the virtual trip of a lifetime and I was enriched along the way. My wish is that these postcards and photos inspire young Matthew to travel the world, and maybe, somewhere along the way, he'll remember those people who took his flat person along when he was just a child of six!