The City Mouse and the Country Mouse

There was once a very happy Country Mouse who lived in the country side. He lived in a tiny house in a hole under a tree. His bed was made of straw and cotton. His table was a small box and his chairs were small round pebbles.

Once during the summer, his friend from the big city visited him. The country mouse was very happy and served him fresh seeds from the trees, wheat stalks and juicy roots. He also gave him a thimble of cold water and an acorn for dessert.

The city mouse was not very happy and nibbled here and there just to be polite. In the evening, the city mouse and the country mouse were chatting sitting in the open field.

The town mouse spoke about all about the city and all its luxuries.

“What do you get to eat in the town, Mr City Mouse” asked the country mouse.

“Oh but the best of everything”, he said proudly, “the finest of cheese and bread, the sweetest of pudding, the crunchiest of nuts and even the most tender meat”

“Oh wow. That is so delightful.”

“Yes indeed. A city mouse is the happiest mouse since we get the tastiest of food”

“Where do you sleep in the city, Mr City Mouse” asked the country mouse.

“Oh but the best”, he said proudly, “the softest of bed made of silk and sponge. One can sleep forever in such a bed”

“Oh wow. That is so delightful.”

“Yes indeed. A city mouse is the happiest mouse since we get the softest of beds.”

“What do you do when you are bored, Mr City Mouse” asked the country mouse.

“Oh but the best”, he said proudly, “I can go to the markets. I can go the theatre. I can relax in the garden”

“Oh wow. That is so delightful.”

“Yes indeed. A city mouse is the happiest mouse since we get the best entertainment”

They spoke and spoke and finally went to sleep. The city mouse saw the straw bed and was very unhappy. Thankfully it was quiet and he was able to sleep well. The next morning, the city mouse asked the country mouse.

“Dear Country Mouse, would you like to visit the city?” and the country mouse was very happy and agreed.

The City Mouse took the country mouse to his home. It was just as he described, a hole in the wall of a huge mansion. The house was huge and filled with velvet and silk. The country mouse was very happy.

They went up the table and the table was filled with cheese and butter and fruits and jellies and nuts. When the country mouse was just about to eat a bite, they heard a loud mew of a cat. They ran and hid in the wall in fear until the cat went away.

They went up the table again to eat. When the country mouse was just about to eat a bite, they heard a loud bark of a dog. They ran and hid in the wall in fear until the dog went away.

They went up the table once more to eat. When the country mouse was just about to eat a bite, the door opened and many people came in. They ran once more and hid in the wall in fear.

“Come, we can eat outside in the market” said the City Mouse and they went to the market. There were so many people there. The country mouse was almost stepped on so many times. They ran back to their home and ate some old bread.

The country mouse packed his bags and said to the town mouse “You can have all the luxuries and the tastiest of food. You may have the best of markets and the softest of beds. I only want the safety of my home where I can walk out and feel like a king.”

Moral: Poverty with security is better than plenty in the midst of fear and uncertainty.

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