The lion and the mouse
Once a lion was sleeping in a forest. Suddenly a mouse came there. It was running about and playing happily. By chance it ran over the face of the lion. It awoke the lion. At this the lion grew very angry with the silly mouse. The mouse became very much frightened. But he did not lose heart. He said to the lion. “Oh king of the jungle, I am a very tiny creature. I have made a great mistake, please forgive me this time. I may be of some help to you any time.” Hearing this, the lion smiled and let the mouse go. The Lion was much amused to think that a Mouse could ever help him. But he was generous and finally let the Mouse go. Days, months and years passed by. One night the mouse heard the roar of a lion. The mouse went to the place from where the sound was coming. Having reached there he saw the lion trapped in a hunter’s net. The net was too strong for the lion to tear. The mouse gave his identity and requested him not to make any sound. Then the mouse began to cut the rope with its sharp teeth. The lion was freed before dawn. The lion expressed his gratitude to the mouse. The mouse said in reply, “Even the smallest creatures can be of great help to the giants.” The lion turned to the mouse and said, “Dear friend, I was foolish to ridicule you for being small. You helped me by saving my life after all!”
Moral: A kindness is never wasted / Everything has its own value.