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Canutito recibe una Magic 8 Ball pa' Crismes

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Ya era el tiempo near to Christmas and Canutito was sitting en el suelo de su bedroom hojeando por todo el catálogo del Montgomery Ward. He was looking con ojos de hambre at the catalogue, mirando longingly por todos los pages. He gazed primero a los 'Rock-'em- Sock-'em Robots' y luego a los 'Hungry-Hungry-Hippos' nomás enjoying the idea que he might get some pa' Crismes. Next he studied el 'Rubix Cube' wondering cómo podían las personas hacer figure it out. It looked murre complicão.

As he was lying there on the floor del cuarto de dormir, Grampo Caralampio came in and sat down en la camalta. Canutito looked at him on the bed and he said: "I was just looking por este catálogo del Montgomery Ward a todas las cosas interesantes that they are offering pa' Crismes, grampo. También tienen pictures of buckets and buckets de dulces."

"I see, m'hijo," Grampo Caralampio said con una sonrisa. "Cuando yo era joven, I used to like to look at todos los toys and wonder cuál juguete me iba a traer el Santo Clós. I remember que La Noche Buena, I just couldn't sleep del excitement."

"¿Qué es 'La Noche Buena', grampo?" Canutito asked him as he flipped quickly past todos los pages que tenían retratos de los fruitcakes.

"La Noche Buena, m'hijo," grampo explained, "is how we say 'Christmas Eve' en español. Se llama 'La Noche Buena' porque es la noche when the Baby Jesus was born. I remember que on Christmas morning that year, me levanté de la cama todo excitão and I rushed over pa' pino decorão con muchas shiny things to see what was under it. There, I saw algo que parecía una bowling ball con agua inside of it. Mi papá told me que era una 'Magic 8 Ball' y que it could tell me my future."

"¿Cómo podía la Magic 8 Ball hacer predict el futuro, grampo?" Canutito asked him. "Tenía 20 posible answers that would float up en un cube inside y cuando la hacías shake, una de la answers would come to the top de la bola," grampo said. "Diez de las answers eran positivas, cinco negativas y cinco answers eran 'perhaps,'" he concluded.

"I would like to know mi futuro, grampo," Canutito said hopefully.

"Maybe Santa Claus will bring you una de ésas magic balls, m'hijo," grampo smiled.

Unos cuantos días después, era Christmas Day. Canutito rushed hacia el Christmas tree muy de mañana, para ver lo que el Santo Clós had brought him. La primera cosa que hizo unwrapped era una Magic 8 Ball!

De una vez, he shook la bola mágica while he asked the question: "Voy a recibir un new car this year?" La Magic 8 Ball answered: "Not very likely." De manera que he thought de otra cosa: "Will I grow big and strong?" La bola answered: "Nomás si comes spinach y brócoli todos los días." (He hated them both).

"Maybe I'm not asking las buenas questions," Canutito said to himself. He asked the ball: "Will I be una persona rica?" The ball respondió: "No en esta vida." Canutito decided to try otra vez: "¿Cómo puedo tener una beautiful girlfriend?" La bola respondió: "Keep praying todas la noches." Canutito threw la Magic 8 Ball en el trash can de la cocina.

Cuando su grampo asked him: "M'hijo, how's your future looking?" Él respondió: "I don't know, grampo; la Magic 8 Ball no está trabajando bien. It seems to be broken...."

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