On the last day of school before Christmas recess, the “Can Dos”are having a hard time paying attention in class. All they can think about is the long vacation ahead and, of course, Santa.
While most of the “Can Dos” are going to be home on Christmas day, some of them are going to be spending the holidays with family who live far away.
Hector is worried that Santa won’t know where to bring his gifts on Christmas Eve. He is going to spend Christmas at his grandma’s in Puerto Rico.
Jay has the same worry. Will Santa know to come to the Indian reservation where he is visiting his grandparents?
Annie is afraid Santa won’t bring her the new basketball she wants. She hasn’t been doing her best in school the past few months. Lately, her mom is always having to remind her to put her toys away. Annie is not sure if Santa always knows when children are naughty or nice.
Eulyn isn’t sure if Santa got the letter she wrote him last month. She just has to get the two-wheel bike she wrote him about.
Bobby is hoping that Santa will bring a gift for his mom. He didn’t save up to buy her anything, so when Bobby visited Santa at the mall, he asked Santa to bring a gift for his mom that he could say was from him. Santa didn’t say yes. He said we’ll see. What does that mean?
What do you think boys and girls? Will Santa find Hector and Jay on Christmas Eve, even if they are not in their own homes?
Does Annie have anything to worry about?
Does Santa bring gifts for adults, or just for children? Does Bobby need to make his mom a gift?
Yundi was riding his bike when Jay flagged him down. Jay told Yundi he needed to borrow his bike to get to the library before it closed in a half an hour. He explained that he left his book there and he needed it to do his homework.
Yundi could see that Jay was upset, but he wasn’t so sure it was a good idea to lend him the bike. The bike was a birthday present form his grandma. His parents had been very clear about him not lending the bike to anyone.
“Please,” said Jay.”It is too far to walk. I’ll never get there before the library closes. If I don’t get that book I will be in big trouble with mom and dad and with Miss Pat.”
Yundi said,”I can get in big trouble with my parents if they find out I lent the bike to anyone. They’ll take it away from me and I won’t be able to ride it for weeks and I love this bike.”
Jay looked sad, then angry. “I thought you were my friend. Friends help each other out. Some friend you are!” Then Jay started to walk away.
“Wait, I have an idea, said Yundi,”I can help you and still not get in trouble for lending my bike.”
Jay looked confused, “How?”
Yundi smiled, “Tell me what your book looks like and where you think you left it and I’ll go get it for you. Keep your cell phone on so I can call you if there is a problem.”
Before Jay could answer, Yundi was off to the library. As it turned out, someone had found the book and turned it into the librarian at the front desk. Yundi called Jay and had him tell the librarian it was okay that he pick up the book for Jay.
When Yundi got the book back to Jay, Jay apologized for what he had said, saying,” You really are a good friend. I’m sorry I didn’t understand about your not being able to lend your bike to anyone.”
Yundi smiled, “I have to get home. See you tomorrow, Jay.”
Jay tucked his book under his arm and started to walk home. Well, he thought, I have my book and I am really lucky to have a good friend like Yundi.