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Miss Mouse Chooses a Husband

Miss Mouse, a young mouse of marriageable age, wanted to be big and important. She wanted a husband with power and prestige. Her father and mother thought that the sun, God of the East, had great power, so they took their daughter and went to seek him out, intending to offer her to him as a wife. When they came to his realm, they spoke of their wish to him. The God of the East replied, "I am not the equal of the God of the Clouds, because when the God of the Clouds hides me, I cannot shine upon the earth."

Upon hearing this, the father and mother of Miss Mouse took their leave of him and went to find the God of the Clouds and told him their story. The God of the Clouds responded, "I cannot match the power of the God of the Winds. I can't stay in one place but drift about here and there at the pleasure of the God of the Winds."

Again the father and mother of Miss Mouse took their leave and went to find the God of the Winds and told him of their desire to find a powerful husband for their daughter. "I am not as strong as the God of the Termite Mounds," he told them, "Everywhere else I can blow things about, move and destroy them, but I can't move a termite mound at all."

Once more the father and mother of Miss Mouse took their leave and went to find the God of the Termite Mounds and told him of their wish to marry their daughter to a powerful husband. After listening to them, the God of the Termite Mounds replied, "To tell the truth, I am not as clever as mice, for mice are able to dig holes in the termite mounds all the time."

In the end Miss Mouse, the mouse who wanted to have a high position, returned home and agreed to look for a mouse as a husband, one of her own kind, a mouse just like her.

MORAL: Don't think other countries and other people are so much better than your own.

(Translated from a fourth grade Lao reader)