On a lush, green meadow, numerous animals found their home. Field mice, hamsters, rabbits, the snail family, and the earthworm community had all been living together here for many years. They lived here peacefully and amicably with each other and shared the meadow.
One beautiful summer day, the father rabbit saw a stranger coming from far away with a small backpack. He immediately notified all the inhabitants of the meadow, and in no time, they had come out of their burrows and hiding places.
“Hello, I’m Henry the mole,” the stranger called out to the waiting animals. “I’m looking for a new home and wanted to take a look around this area.” The other animals looked at each other and were very happy to see growth in the meadow.
The rabbit’s father said, “Welcome, dear Henry. We have plenty of room here and would like to introduce you to the meadow and its many inhabitants.” Together they wandered over the large meadow. The father rabbit calmly showed Henry the dwellings of the other animals. “Just choose a free spot. So far, we’ve never gotten in each other’s way here.”
Henry could not believe his luck. He was very happy to have found a new place to sleep so quickly with such friendly neighbors.
Henry spent the first few days comfortably furnishing his new home underground. He had not brought many things with him, just a few odds and ends, which he now lovingly arranged in his den.
The next day, Henry decided to make his home a little bigger. So, he diligently dug in all directions and made it out a long distance with his powerful shovels. Suddenly, he noticed that the earth directly in front of him was getting thinner and crumblier. At the very same moment, he heard an excited squeal.
“Oh no!” thought Henry. “I accidentally ended up with the field mouse family.” And not only that! Henry was now standing in the middle of the mouse family’s living room and had broken through their wall. “I’m really terribly sorry about that. I didn’t mean to just barge in here. I’ll fix the wall again,” he said.
But Henry was lucky. The field mouse children were home alone and found it very funny that a large, friendly mole was suddenly standing with them in the apartment. “Couldn’t you see our front door?” asked one of the mouse children.
Henry rubbed his eyes but could only see the outline of the mice. “To be honest, I can’t see very well,” Henry replied. The mouse children comforted him and helped him find his way back out of the living room. He quickly shoveled the wall back up against the mice burrow and slowly and carefully felt his way back to his own.
When he finally arrived, he was suddenly so tired that he fell asleep on the spot. The next morning, he was awakened by loud voices. Apparently, the noise was coming from the meadow directly above his burrow.
He rubbed his eyes and slowly felt his way up. When he poked his head out of his mound, he could already see the many animals. They had gathered, and when they saw him, they immediately called out, “Henry, just look at the meadow. It’s one big construction site. Many of our animals are small, and now they can hardly make it over the many hills. Why did you do that?”
Henry could not see very much, but he was terribly uncomfortable, because the other animals seemed angry with him. “I didn’t do it on purpose,” he said. “It’s just that if I wanted a bit of daylight, the hills seem to appear all by themselves as I make my way out.” Henry was very sad.
Then a mouse child squeaked, “Don’t be so hard on Henry. He can’t even see the hills!” The other animals looked at each other and understood that he hadn’t made all the hills on purpose.
Then the mother field mouse thought of something. “You know what, Henry? We’ll give you a pair of glasses, and then you’ll be able to see better where the other animals have their homes.” Henry was relieved. His neighbors were no longer angry with him, and he could discover the world in a whole new way with his glasses.