It was just after lunchbreak at Santa’s Workshop, and the elves were ready to go outside to play and exercise. Sometimes they like to ski, or skate, or play hockey, or do all sorts of other outdoor activities. This day happened to be the day for ice skating.
All the elves were out at the pond, skating, spinning and jumping. Everyone was having a great time, except Bud.
Bud tried and tried to skate, but he just kept falling down. He sat on the ice, watching Bonnie spin as she skated.
“I’ll never learn how to skate,” said Bud. “I guess I’m just no good at it. And it looks like so much fun. I wish I could skate half as good as Bonnie.”
The next day after lunch, the elves went sledding down Tube Hill in tubes. They were having such a great time enjoying their exercise!
“Weeeeeeee!” the elves screamed as they thundered down the big hill in a long tube train. “This is great fun!” exclaimed Bud happily. “I could go up and down this hill all day!”
But at the top of the hill, Bonnie stood sadly and watched. She didn’t know how to ride the tubes down the hill, and she was too scared to try.
“Why won’t Bonnie come down the hill?” Bud asked the other elves.
“She has never done this before, so she is a little scared,” answered Bif.
“I have an idea that might help her,” said Bud. “And it might help me, too!”
“Bonnie, I have a great idea!” said Bud. “Since I’m good at sledding, I’ll teach you how to sled down Tube Hill. And then afterwards, you can teach me how to ice skate since you’re good at skating.”
“Oh, that would be wonderful, Bud!” Bonnie said with a big smile. “You know, everyone has something they are good at, and it’s even more special when we share it with our friends!”
Happy new year!