One cloudy spring morning, as a fine mist floated lightly through the
air, a young mother robin named Flappy, was flying back to her nest when she
saw a frantic little field mouse trying to scurry his way through a pile of
manure. She sensed that the rodent might need some assistance, so being the
kind bird that Flappy was, she swooped down and landed on the ground just in
front of him. The rodent became quite startled and let out a high pitched
Flappy said calmly, "Don't be frightened. I only want to help you."
The tiny mouse looked up at her nervously and said, "Are you sure you're
not going to eat me?"
Flappy started giggling. "Eat you?" she stated, with a lilt in her
voice. "How could I possibly eat you? You're almost as big as I am and
besides, I eat worms and bugs, not mice."
With a suspicious look in his eye, the mouse stood his ground, ready to
flee just in case the bird might be fibbing. He slowly became more trusting
and asked Flappy why she would want to help a mere field mouse on such an
overcast day. She began to explain to him about being kind to all creatures
that were kind to her. She asked him what his name was.
"Well," he stated bashfully. "My real name is Garbonzo, but most of my
friends call me Bean."
Flappy started laughing hysterically. She couldn't stop at first but
quickly pulled herself together and said, "I'm sorry dear. That was rude of
me. May I call you Bean, too?"
Garbonzo said, "Well, okay, but I don't see what's so funny. There's a
hawk that wants to eat me! If he eats me, I'll be gone." Then he started to
cry. That was all Flappy could stand. She stepped a little closer to Bean
then stopped in horror.
"Peeeeeeeyooooooo!" she screeched. "You stink! Oh dear. You're standing
in a pile of cow poo. Hmmm. Um, you know, I think I hear my babies crying for
me. I've got to go see if they're all right but you stay here and I'm sure
someone will come along soon to help you. Bye now."
And off she flew.