It was a very rainy day and the little shiny puppy was sitting in the lounge room feeling bored. He had explored everything in this room and the next and still couldn't find anything to do. So he decided to go outside. Now he knew that if he told his mum or the other puppies about this they would just want to stop him, so he just snuck out without them noticing.
Squelch! As soon as he set foot outside the door he slipped in a huge puddle of mud. Schreelch. He skidded away into the garden and stopped face down in the bog. It was only when he plucked his face out of the mud that he noticed there was something beside him. It was a roller blade. This was just the sort of thing he had been looking for, he propped the roller blade up on its wheels and when to get in, but PLOP it fell back on the ground. He tried again and again but every time it was the same. He would just be getting his leg over the side of the boot when PLOP it would be black on the ground again.
That's when he had an idea. He ran over to the chook pen.
"Come out, Come out," he said, "I'm learning to roller blade, will you help?"
So the chicken came and sat next to the roller blade, and this time when the puppy tried to get in, it didn't fall over.
"Give me a push! Give me a push!" said the puppy and off he went. Over the gardens over the grass and on to the driveway he went. The driveway was very slippery and once he was on it he just rolled faster and faster and faster until CRASH!
He was lying in the gutter at the bottom of the driveway.
"Oh no, he thought, now I'll never get out."
But after a while he peeked up over the edge of the gutter and dragged himself slowly all the way back to the top of the drive.
"Thanks Chook!" he said and disappeared inside.
But he had forgotten how muddy he was. When he got inside his mum said, "My Goodness where have you been? There's mud all over the place!"
So he told her. But she didn't believe him. Nobody did.
But when the little girl of the house went out to look for her missing roller blade, she found it not on the grass (where she was sure she had left it) but right at the bottom of the driveway.
A 'Sweet Stories in the Pop' Story created by Alex McCallum, storyteller and children in the children's ward at the South Brisbane Mater Hospital during a storytelling session in the Radio Lollipop studio with the Thrilling Thursday Team. 15/11/2001 © Alex McCallum.
('Sweet Stories in the Pop' is a Queensland Storytelling Guild project
funded by a Year of the Volunteers grant.)