Little Daniel ran away from home a week before Christmas Day. His parents caught him drinking their gin in the living room and they told him he wasn’t allowed out till Christmas.
Daniel ran away in the early hours of the morning. His parents, Mr and Mrs O’connor, were frantic with worry. They read the note he left on his pillow telling them that he’d found elsewhere to live. They drove to one of his school friend’s houses in Notting Hill Gate, hoping he’d stopped there. Nicholas, the friend, said that Daniel had been there to ask for some money to get to Victoria station, in order to meet Mr and Mrs O’connor. Angela, Daniel’s mother, said “He might have gone anywhere”.
The O’connors drove back to their house in East Putney. To their relief, they found Daniel on the doorstep, crying his eyes out.
“Mum and dad” he sobbed “I didn’t realise the nightmare of the freezing weather. Please forgive me!”
He was told to stop crying and not be so quick to pinch their gin again.
Nigel, Mr O’connor, said:
“Cheer up, young Daniel. These things happen. Anyway, you wouldn’t be crying if you knew what Santa is bringing you!”
Daniel managed a quick smile and said that he felt terribly guilty now.
Angela said: “I have a super idea. Let’s all go to the cinema in order to forget to forget the whole episode!”
She hugged Daniel and there were tears amidst laughter.
Daniel said: “Thank you for being so nice about the pinching of the gin. I have learnt by my mistake!”
Merry Christmas folks!