The City Mouse and the Country Mouse

The City Mouse and the Country Mouse

In a quiet, idyllic field, a country mouse lived in a modest but cozy little hole. Her furniture was simple, her clothes practical, and her food consisted of grains and roots. One day she received a visit from her friend who lived in a magnificent house in the city.

When the city mouse arrived, she looked around in distaste. 

“How can you live in such simplicity?” she asked. “Your clothes are so simple, your furniture so primitive, and this food… it’s so plain! There’s so much more to enjoy and experience in the city!”

The country mouse felt uncomfortable and ashamed of her modest home. She had never thought much of luxury, but the city mouse’s snide remarks made her doubt herself. Maybe she really was missing out?

Despite her feelings, the country mouse prepared a simple meal, while the city mouse continued to mock the rustic fare. 

“In the city, we eat the finest cheeses and other exquisite delicacies,” she boasted.

After a awkward evening during which the city mouse complained about the silence of country life, she invited the country mouse back the city. The country mouse, who had grown curious and unsure about her own life, agreed.

When they arrived in the city, the city mouse led her friend into a magnificent house. There, she proudly presented a feast of delicious food. 

“You see, this is how to live!” she said triumphantly.

But they had barely started eating when a cat suddenly stormed into the room. They fled in panic and hid in a small crevice. 

“Well, that’s the price you pay for elegance,” said the city mouse in a small voice, her heart still racing.

The country mouse realized that she preferred her simple yet peaceful life. 

“I’m going back to my quiet home,” she said resolutely. “I don’t need luxuries that put my life in danger.”

With a new sense of appreciation for her simple but secure life, the country mouse happily returned to her humble home.

What is the moral of The City Mouse and the Country Mouse?
This fable teaches us to be content with what we have. What good is a life full of luxuries and possessions if it is accompanied by constant worries and dangers? These mice remind us to appreciate our own lives and to realize that sometimes less is more.
What do you think?
From your point of view, what is the moral of this fable? Let us know in the comments!

Note: This story is based on Aesop’s fable, written around 600 BC. It was modernized and illustrated by us.

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