The glow flickered in the Great Pumpkin's eyes as he
told the pumpkins that, alas, he had no more assignments
"It will be up to you to find your own test to show
that you will be jack-o-lanterns to be admired", he
said with a wide grin.
Burnham began to wilt as he thought of the flat place
on his shell. He was so sure the Great Pumpkin had
seen it. Harold tried to stand up taller, in case the
Great Pumpkin wouldn't notice that he was short and
squatty, but to no avail. "We'll never be jack-o-lanterns
Burnham", Harold wailed, "we'll never be perfect.
We might as well give up now".
Burnham thought a minute,
"Hmmm, the Great Pumpkin never mentioned that we had
to be perfect, he just said to do our best. Let's see
if we can find a test of our own so we can be jack-o-lanterns".
"Do you really think we will? We only have tonight you
know", said Harold, "Let's hurry".
So they began their journey. As they came to the edge of the pumpkin patch
they heard a soft crying sound. "Why it's the pumpkin
that someone stepped on this morning, the one with the
crack in it, Harold, maybe we can help" said Burnham,
as they hurried over to the sniffling pumpkin.
"I'll never be
a jack-o-lantern, no one wants a pumpkin with a crack in it"
Elmo bemoaned, "I'll be left here in the pumpkin patch to rot,
I'll never be any good to anybody".
"Here, here Elmo
Pumpkin, just because you have a crack doesn't mean that
farmer Jones won't want you. You could go home with him
to feed the cows. You'll make them strong and healthy,
then they'll give rich buttery milk for the children.
Wouldn't that be a wonderful thing?" explained Harold.
Elmo's sniffles ceased immediately as he said, "How wise
you are, Harold.