Solbit wonders, “What if we stopped traveling? What would life be like then?”

Dear Nicalai,

After spending time with you this spring, I got to wondering what would life be like if Nona, Papa, and I stopped traveling.  We’d live in one place like you.  I think I might like that.

Maybe I would get to go to school?  When I saw you with your class, that looked appealing to me.


Oh, how I’d like to be in a class choir and sing with the other students!

Do you think your school would take a plastic jurassic like me?  If they would, I wonder if I could have a really little desk?  You do have desks, don’t you?

If we settled down some place, I could ask Nona and Papa to give me a birthday party — like you had — and then I could invite you and all my classmates for cake and ice cream and BOUNCING!

Camden’s 7th BD party

Your birthday party was at a place called Bounce, because it has big inflated things you can bounce on. Fun!

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Oh, seeing this picture of Camden gives me another idea.  If we stopped traveling, I could have a place to set up my own Legos since they are just small enough and light enough that I could build things by myself.

We can’t have a pet now, because it wouldn’t be fair to keep a pet in a kennel for months at a time while we travel. If we stopped traveling, though, we could have a pet!  Nona could feed it.  Papa could take it for walks — pick up and bag the you-know-what — and give it baths, and I could play with it and keep it company.

If cats and dogs can be friends in the same house, then I think a Plastic Jurassic and a dog could get along fine, especially since I’m a vegetarian iguanodon.

If cats and dogs can be friends in the same house, then I think a Plastic Jurassic and a dog could get along fine, especially since I’m a vegetarian iguanodon.

So, I asked Nona if we could stop traveling and settle down some place.  Know what she said? “Solbit, why would we want to do that?  We haven’t seen South America yet.  We need to go back to Italy.  Papa wants to go back to Siem Reap, too. Oh, and what about visiting your cousins in Tasmania. Remember them?”

I see her point.  Whatever choice we make — stop traveling to settle down or continue traveling to see the world — we have to give up something, but we also get something we want.  Nona and Papa want to see new places and people.

When I think back on our travels so far, I’d have to say that I look forward to more travel, and I can settle for just dreaming about what life would be like if we settled down.  Some of us travel; some of us live in one place. Nona, Papa, and I are on the road again.  I’m happy with that.

I’m your friend.








March 2015

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  • 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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