One morning Paddy Bear went with his mother to weed the garden.
Paddy Bear did not want to work in the garden.
He wanted to run and play all day in the woods.
"Oh, dear!" said Paddy. "I am tired of work.
I don't want to weed the garden.
I wish that I could do just what I want to do for one day."
Mother Bear said, "Very well. Tomorrow you may do just what you want to all day long."
"Oh," said Paddy, " that will be fun.
Now I must think about it. What shall I do tomorrow?
What do I like to do best?"
Paddy Bear thought and thought about the things he liked to do.
He liked to roll down hills, but that made him tired.
He liked to splash in the water.
But water made his coat wet, and sometimes it got up his nose.
He liked to climb trees for honey, but sometimes the bees stung him.
Paddy Bear did not know just what he liked to do best.
"I think that I will do nothing tomorrow," said Paddy.
"Maybe I will just be lazy."
"Do you think that you will like to be lazy?" asked Mother Bear.
"I'll try it now and see," said Paddy.
So he sat down under a tree.
He sat there for a long, long time.
But he did not like that.
"Oh, my, oh, me!" thought Paddy.
"I am tired of doing nothing. It is not fun to be lazy."
Just then Mother Bear called.
"Come here, Paddy!" she said.
"Let us surprise Father Bear. Let us dig a new home for him."
"Oh, that will be fine," said Paddy.
"Maybe we can make it before Father comes home this evening."
Paddy helped his mother all day.
That evening Mother Bear said, "We must stop. Father is coming. He must not see what we are doing."
Paddy said, "I'll work tomorrow."
Mother Bear shook her head.
"Oh, no, no," she said. "Tomorrow you are going to do what you want to."
"But I want to work," said Paddy.
"Well, well!" said his mother.
"What a funny little bear you are!"
The next day Paddy was busy and happy all day long.
Before evening a nice new home was ready. It had two big rooms.
When Father Bear came back, he said, "Paddy, did you help make this nice new home?"
"Yes," said Paddy. "It was fun."
Mother Bear laughed and said, "Paddy thinks it is more fun to work than to be lazy."