Solbit Meets a Samurai

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Dear Nicalai,

Before Sparkle Orangie Lulu Breakit went missing, we had much better news for you.  Here’s what we were going to tell you.

Solbit has been working on her words. She’s getting better with spelling and starting to write.  Not so good with numbers yet.  She says her goal is to take over writing to you about our travels.  We’ll continue to write our emails to you until she’s ready.  Maybe you’ll be ready to write back one of these days.  Here’s what’s happening during our stay in Kyoto.

We were walking the streets of Kyoto. We (Nona and Papa) wanted to find a restaurant fast. We were hungry. Sparkle Orangie Lulu Breakit — Solbit for short — had another idea. She insisted that we stop to make friends with a fierce Samurai Warrior. She saw him standing guard at an office building.  He looked really fierce. (Don’t worry. He was just a statue. He couldn’t hurt us.)


Fierce Looking But He Couldn’t Hurt Us, Right?

We didn’t like it, but we stopped. Papa took Solbit out of his zipper pocket. He put Solbit right where she wanted to be: on top of the Samurai’s sharp sword. “Don’t worry,” she said. “He likes me. He won’t hurt me.”  We let her pretend that he was real. Then Solbit requested a photo, “Nona, take my picture with my new friend, please.” Nona took this picture …


Solbit Is Perfectly Safe on Samurai Word (Kids, please, do not try this at home.)

Papa said, “OK, can we go now? Please! I’m hungry.”

Solbit, Nona, and Papa said goodbye to the Samurai. Papa put Solbit into his pocket. As they hurried down the street, something very odd happened.  They heard the Samurai let out a blood curdling scream, “Stop!” They stopped.  It was the Samurai.

Afraid of his wrath, they stopped. He said very politely in a pleading tone of voice, “Please email me a copy of that photo. OK?”  Then he said, “Solbit, I already miss you. Please come back to see me. OK, you can go now.” We said that we would send him the photo.  Then, very relieved, Solbit, Nona, and Papa hurried to the restaurant. We were hungry.  Well, Nona and Papa were hungry.  Of course, Solbit never gets hungry and doesn’t eat anything ever.  Although she sometimes wishes she could eat.

So, that’s what happened on our walk to the restaurant here in Kyoto this afternoon.

Except that now Solbit is missing.  We’re going to look for her. Wish us luck, please.  We’ll keep you posted on our search.


Nona and Papa

September 2013

  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”

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