Outside it was very cold and the layer of ice on the lake had thickened. "I think it's time to go ice skating", Karl announced. "Hopefully I won't fall down too often this time." Gini said. She couldn't skate too well yet but still she got into her warm clothes, took her skating shoes and went out with Karl. Many people had had the same idea. A lot was going on on the ice. Gini and Karl put their skating shoes on and a moment later Karl was on the ice. Gini slowly followed him. Cautiously she made a few steps. Oh, it was going well so far. Now she was making a long round around the lake. It was wonderful! It was going so much better than last year! Gini was overjoyed and immediately made another few rounds around the lake. Then she noticed Susi, her small neighbour who was sitting on the corner crying. "What's the matter with you, Susi ?" she asked. "I fall down all the time" answered Susi. "Everyone else can skate so well, just not me. I will never learn it." "Nonsense" Gini said and took Susi by the hand. "You just need a bit more practice, then you can ride as well as everyone else. Last year I couldn't ride at all without falling down but today it is going wonderfully". She held Susi tight and together they skated over the ice. A few times Susi almost slipped but every time Gini held her tight and they skated wonderfully along the ice. Susi was happy again. Now she wanted to try to skate all by herself again. But she had merely let go Gini's hand when she fell down once again. Sadly she got up and stood on the sidelines.
In the middle of the lake a kind of performance had started. Experienced ice skaters made daring jumps and pirouettes. Karl sighed. "If I could only do that too" he said a bit jealously. He tried a few times to go in circles but each time he landed hard on his bottom. Disappointed he stood beside Susi at the railing. "Oh, you two", said Gini who came riding along elegantly. "why don't you concentrate on the things you can do instead on focusing on that which you can't? Look at the progress you have already made!" Susi and Karl looked at each other. Then Karl took Susi by the hand and together they slid around the lake. Inbetween Karl let her go and really she managed to go quite some way on her own and Karl always took her hand in time to prevent her from falling again. Then Karl started to go in circles around Gini and then around himself and the circle got smaller and smaller and suddenly he circled around like those experienced skaters.
Then all their friends came and they took themselves by the hand and made a big circle around the lake. Slowly they started skating and together they sang "We wish you a merry Christmas". All the people were looking at them. After going around the lake twice they let go again and everybody was going crisscross over the lake. Everybody had a lot of fun! And they went on skating until it became dark and it was time to go home again.
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