If you've ever seen an ant go whizzing by faster than his friends and with goggles on his eye's, then without a doubt, skidding through the plants, you've met my friend Albert, The skate-boarding ant. From the day he was born he was rushing around hither and thither, like a spring unwound. His mum would despair, “Albert, please stand still. You need your hat and scarf or you'll catch a chill”. Then he's off again like a lightning flash, a dust cloud behind him from wheels rolling fast. Neighbours are waving then catching their hats as the draught blows them off like fluttering bats. But one whizzing day a wheel snapped right off so tumbling and rolling he landed with a cough. As the dust settled down he could see his ride looking battered and bruised and lying on its side. “Oh dearie me, what will I do now, the wheel's disappeared beneath the farmers plough. Will I have to now walk all slow and sad, and what about the fun that I won’t be able to have?” He went to bed with a sad little frown. His mum said to him, “It's time you slowed down. You're whizzing about missing all you could see; the trees; the birds; the rabbits and bees”. So Albert slowed and walked as he watched birds and trees but it wasn't the same, he was missing his speed. His friends all asked him to come out and play, so he did and had fun but his mind was away. His old Uncle Bob saw how sad he'd become and said to himself, “Something has to be done! His birthday is close and the perfect day to cheer him right up; watch him smile and play.” On his birthday morning Albert woke up and said, “What is that big box at the foot of my bed, all wrapped up in paper of red, blue and green?” Well his face was surely a sight to be seen. He dived out of bed and grabbed the box, “It couldn't be underpants, vests or socks.” He tore off the wrapping with a joyful squeal, for dear Uncle Bob had replaced his wheel. Well Albert was up and out and away and from then until now, he remembered the day that dear Uncle Bob gave him back his smile, you could hear him laughing and whizzing for miles. (Taken from "The Book Of Loops And Laughter", available on Amazon Kindle and paperback) * Written by Darren Scanlon, 24th April 2014. Revised by Darren Scanlon, 16th June 2015. ©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.