Slammy McCrae was a klutz.He was the type of guy that would always drop his books when he came into a classroom.Other kids in the neighbourhood would always laugh at him.They called him Slammy because he always slammed into things-like walls.Or he tripped over curbs and fell with a loud slam.
His parents told him that he needed to be more organized.His room was always a mess.He could never find things-like his pencils or even clean socks.Slammy lacked self-confidence.
He was so self conscious that he ended up having accidents because he was constantly worrying about having accidents.Even hanging Christmas lights was a hassle for Slammy McCrae.He was so worried about falling off the ladder that he fell off of it just when some neighbourhood kids were walking by.They laughed of course.Slammy was very embarrassed,especially since one of the kids was Francine Juniper.
He had a crush on her since elementary school but couldn`t even look at her,much less talk to her.Now this!Not only was Slammy embarrassed,he was angry with himself.He tried to get up but got all tangled up in in the string of Christmas lights he had been hanging.
Francine didn`t laugh at him.She secretly had a crush on Slammy.Francine actually thought his clumsiness was kind of cute.Francine saw that Slammy was struggling to get up and struggling to get himself untangled.She went over to help him knowing the other kids would say some nasty things.
Slammy was obviously in some pain.When he saw Francine running towards him he tried to get up fast,lost his footing,and fell straight onto a string of lights.Several lights got crushed and a few shards of glass stuck into his backside.He howled like a wolf.
The other kids howled in laughter.Francine held out her hand to Slammy but he felt so foolish that he wouldn`t take it.Francine`s face turned as bright red as a Christmas bulb.Those cruel kids began to razz her mercilessly.They said Francine was Slammy`s girlfriend.Tears began streaming down her face.
Poor Slammy,sitting in the snow with a rainbow of glass stuck in his ass.He didn`t even want to try to get up until all the kids were gone.Afterwards,he gingerly pulled the glass out of his agonized derriere.
Slammy realized that Francine was trying to help him and knew that his reaction to her offer was really dumb.He knew he made her look bad.Yet he felt elated because Francine wanted to help.Slammy was determined to make it up to her.But how?
If only he could build up the courage to talk to her.Slammy decided to drop a Christmas card in her mailbox with a note in it inviting Francine to his house for eggnog and home-made Christmas cookies.
Unfortunately,while walking up her driveway to put the card in the mailbox Slammy slipped on some ice and fell on his butt again.The card flew out of his hand and went under an evergreen tree.Slammy got on his hands and knees and crawled through the snow looking for the card.
Just then the same neighbourhood kids that laughed at Slammy earlier showed up and started pelting him with snowballs.One of them said”Look!Its Francine`s boyfriend…Is she under the tree waiting to be unwrapped?”Another said”No.He is pretending he is humping Francine in the snow!”They laughed even louder than before and started to cover Slammy with snow.
Francine`s Mom stepped out onto her front porch and hollered at them to”Get the hell outta here you rotten kids!”The kids took off.Francine ran out her front door and knelt beside Slammy.She started brushing the snow off of him.
Francine asked Slammy why he was crawling around in the snow.He reached under the tree and pulled out the card.He said triumphantly”I was looking for this.”Francine took the card from Slammy`s outstretched hand,opened it,and read the note.Slammy stood up.
He looked at her bashfully as he tried to gauge her reaction to the contents of the note.Francine turned to her Mom,who was still standing on the front porch,and yelled”I finally got me a boyfriend!”Slammy was so startled that he fell backwards into a snowbank.Francine threw herself on top of him and they both started laughing.Slammy said”And I finally got what I wanted for Christmas!”They saw the other kids watching them from across the street and threw snowballs at them.