Do you remember my reindeer Dancer and how he was feeling sad?
You have all been so helpful with your comments and ideas to help him. I took your advice and talked to him today to see if he was feeling any better. I brought him a thermos full of special reindeer soup. Mrs. Claus always makes me chicken noodle soup when I’m feeling sick.
Dancer seemed even more sad than he did last time I saw him. The other reindeer told me he hadn’t been outside to play with them for over a week. He had missed out on so many reindeer games. They all really missed him.
I invited Dancer to go for a walk around the North Pole, just the two of us. Many of you said that if we spent some time together it would be good for him. I think you were right. As we walked I asked him what was really the matter, and he opened up to me.
“I haven’t felt playful,” he told me as he took a mouthful of soup. “Not since coming back from visiting my friends at the end of the summer.”
I was surprised. That meant he had been feeling sad for a couple of months! I asked him what happened at the end of the summer to make him feel so blue.
“I visited friends that I hadn’t seen since last year,” Dancer told me. “I had been so excited to play with them again. We used to play tag and hide and seek- sometimes we even played leap frog. But this time they wouldn’t play with me. They were mean to me and called me names. I don’t understand why they changed and were so mean to me.”
Poor Dancer. It’s not right that his friends treated him so poorly. They are not his friends if they did that to him. I don’t know what I can say to make Dancer feel better. He has to see that he has friends here at the North Pole who love him and care about him. Is there something I can do for him that will make him feel better? Do you think if he can talk to people who can help him he will feel less sad?
P.S. Have you ever had friends who started being mean to you? You can click here to tell me or scroll down to see what other people are saying.