Once upon a time there was a town by the swamp, far, far away. The people of the town worked very hard. There was so much work that they could never get it all done in one day. One day the people of the town were talking together. “I will never get all my camo boots stocked before hunting season. I wish someone would help me,” said the camo store owner. “I will never get all those pies made before the county fair. I wish someone would help me,” said the bakery lady. “And I will never get all my potatoes picked before the farmers market comes into town. I wish someone would help me,” said the farmer.
The fat silver store owner spoke, “Two days ago I wished that I could get help to polish all my silver in my store because I could never do it all by myself. The next morning I arrived to find all the silver polished! I don’t know who did this but I am so happy they did!
Suddenly, they heard three kids singing, “Dittle dittle dum, dittle dittle dee, it’s the swamp elf and me.” One of the little kids yelled to the adults, “Isn’t this swamp elf so silly looking? He’s as tall as me and dressed in orange!” The adults saw nothing.
The next day the people of the town met and talked. “I got to my store to find all my camo boots already stocked,” said camo store owner. “I got to my shop to find all the pies baked and ready to go to the county fair,” said the bakery lady. “And I found bags full of potatoes picked and ready for the farmers market, “said the farmer.
Then the three kids came skipping down the road singing, “Dittle dittle dum, dittle dittle dee, it’s the swamp elf and me.” “Isn’t our swamp elf friend so cute? Do you like his silly orange overalls?” asked one of the little girls. “I do not see any swamp elf,” replied the bakery lady. “I do not see any swamp elf either,” said the farmer. “Maybe the swamp elf is the one who is helping us finish our jobs,” said the camo store owner. “Let’s give him a present for helping us,” said the fat silver store owner.
The adults got together and bought the little swamp elf a new orange jacket to match his orange overalls that they could not see. They gave it to the children to give to the swamp elf. “Oh, what a lovely orange jacket! Now the store owners know that it was me who helped so I must leave. I help others because that’s what I love to do, but no one must know it is me,” said the swamp elf. “Please don’t leave,” cried one of the kids. “My magic disappears if I stay. I must go back to my home now,” replied the swamp elf. So the swamp elf left the small town and was never seen again. THE END
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