The moral: A kindness is never wasted.
One day, there was a lion taking a nap under a big tree in the forest with his large head resting on his paws. In the quiet afternoon the sun was warm and the grass was green with dandelions scattered around. The birds were chirping in the spring breeze. The lion’s sleep was very sweet.
When a curious mouse came along, she did not realize she was near a giant lion. Her near sighted eyes could not help her searching for food while sniffing around. The mouse was frightened when she heard the lion’s heavy snoring, so in haste she ran away. Aroused from his nap, the lion laid his huge paw on the mouse, threatening to kill her.
“What are you doing here little mouse?”
“I am sorry. Please let me go. I did not mean to disturb your sleep. You see, I could not see well anymore. I am getting old. Please forgive me. If you let me go this time, one day I will return your kindness.”
The lion burst out laughing, thinking, “A mouse as little as she is can ever do something for me? I think not!” The lion let the mouse go anyways and returned to his nap.
Some months later, while looking for his prey in the forest, the lion got caught by a hunter’s trap. The lion was so upset. He could only roar in anger. The little mouse heard the lion’s roaring and thought he must have been in trouble. So she quickly ran to find the lion.
As soon as the lion saw the mouse, he stopped roaring. The mouse immediately climbed to the top of the rope that bound the lion and said to the lion, “Don’t you worry. I’ll help you.”
The lion wondered how the little mouse could help him, saying, “How? You are just a little mouse. Why not go get some help for me? I’ll wait.”
The mouse, without saying a word, started to chew on the rope. Slowly and steadily, her chewing parted the rope and very soon the lion got out of the trap.
The mouse was very proud of her work and she said to the lion, ” See, I have kept my promise to repay you. You laughed when I told you I would help you one day!”
The lion thanked the mouse, saying, “Thank you little mouse. Why don’t we become friends?”
They smiled to each other and they became best friends.