Solbit’s Sleepy Question, “Where have you taken me?”

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Dear Nicalai,

Have you ever been sound asleep to wake up in a strange place? Have you felt the little jolt of adrenalin go through your body the moment you realize, “Holy Mackerel, I don’t know where I am!”  Yeah, well, that didn’t happen to me, because I’m plastic and don’t have adrenalin.  Still,  when I awoke to take a peak out of Nona’s pocket, you could say “startled” described my feelings.


We had landed in Funchal, Madeira, only yesterday, and, now, I woke up in China surrounded by ancient Chinese warriors. What?!  How did we get back to China? We haven’t been there since October!

“Where have you taken me?” I yelled out of Nona’s pocket.  Nona answered, “Shhh.  Not so loud. You’ll disturb people.  We just went for a little walk up the hill.”  I retorted (cool word, huh?), “A ‘little walk’ from Portugal all the way back to China?”

Papa and Nona laughed. “What’s so funny, you two?”  Papa explained, “Solbit, we’re still in Portugal on the island of Madeira, but you could say that we have walked back to China, because we’re in an oriental garden here in Monte Garden.”

Nona said, “See, they have set Chinese sculpture in these lovely garden settings.”  She took me out of her pocket, and I got to sit on some of them.  By then, I was wide awake, and I had fun pretending to be back in China.”




This little boy gave me an idea, though.


I said, “Nona, you’ve taken me to too many gardens.  Please put me back in your pocket. I’m going to take another nap. You can wake me when we get back to our apartment in Funchal.”

Girl, I had a long nap.  Those two can wander in a garden for hours, and, then, I heard one of them say, “What do you want to do now?”  The other one said, “Let’s go for a walk.”  They did, and I could tell that they were walking down steep hills, until I dozed off again and dreamed my way back to China.

I’m your friend.



August 2014

  • 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.”