As the days in December moved on, Davina realised that Christmas was approaching fast, and there would be Christmas Shopping to be done! Great! She smiled at the thought, remembering the fun she and her Mum had had the previous year. Then the smile changed to a frown! She looked in the special purse she kept hidden in her sock drawer – oh dear – she had just a few coins, and not nearly enough to buy gifts for all her family and her best friend, Suzie! What on earth was she going to do??
As I have already told you, Davina, as well as being a tomboy, was also a most resilient person, so she plonked herself on her bed with notebook and pencil and wrote down all the things she might do to earn a few bob.
First, there was Mr. Jackson, her favourite school teacher. His cupboard in the classroom was an absolute mess, so she would ask if she could tidy it out, for a small fee of course!
Then, there was old Mrs. Franks – you remember, the old lady who owned a daft cat called Toodles – she remembered Mrs. Franks saying that the cat was due to go to the vet for some sort of injection, and how much she (Mrs. Franks that is, not the cat!) hated going there as she always had to wait for such an age! (Now Mrs. Franks too was speaking in italics – where would this ever end??!!) Davina thought that boring as it was, she could take Toodles to the vet, and perhaps do some of her homework while she waited, or even another chapter in the book she had started writing.
What next? Perhaps Mr. Carruthers, Suzie’s grandfather, could do with a bit of help tidying up his garden which always got into a bit of a mess at this time of the year. Yes, that might work too!
…………..and on and on she went, creating a list of jobs she might do for cash in the early part of December!
All went well with most of her list, and then……. it snowed! Not much use trying to tidy a garden that was covered in snow!! No, but then she thought she could offer to clear the snow from his path so that he could walk safely to and from his car! Great! She could do that!
By the end of the first week in December, she had worked hard every evening after finishing her exam preparation, and when she sat in the privacy of her bedroom, she counted up her Christmas Present Money (in capitals, as you can see, because it was important to her!) and was delighted to find that she had over £20!! She would speak to Mum in the morning about setting aside a Saturday to go shopping!
Next morning (Friday) she broached the subject of Christmas Shopping with Mum, and was delighted that Mum said as the exams were over, she would be happy to go Christmas Shopping with Davina! After school, Davina started trying to think of what she would buy. There was Mum and Dad, of course, Stuart, Grandpa, Suzie, and if there was any cash left, even a wee something for Mr. Jackson.
Another list was started……………………………and looked something like this:
Mum – something nice and scented – perhaps bath oil, or bath cubes
Dad – something for the garden – perhaps a plant, or some Spring bulbs
Stuart – A toy?? Game?? Puzzle book?? – see what there is in the shops
Grandpa – perhaps an ornament for his living room – his house is a bit bare!
Mr. Jackson – perhaps a new whistle – his old one is pretty “squeaky”!……..and having made these decisions, she happily went to bed, looking forward to Saturday, and shopping with her Mum.