Karl’s Freedom

 ‘Freedom is what I want!’ thought the hamster as it was running in its wheel.

Looking sideways through the bars of his cage he could see a park: bushes, trees, a narrow slow stream.

‘Maybe, if I run a little faster I’ll get there.’

His name was Karl and he was a third generation hamster in this family who cared generously for him: never a dirty cage, every day delicious hamster food enhanced with fruit and vegetable of the season. The children handled him gently and loved to give him bits of cake, which he stuffed into his cheeks until he could hardly get through the entrance of his cozy hut.

And yet, adventure he craved. Karl wanted more than a comfortable life, knowing at the beginning of the week what he would be doing throughout the week (more running in the wheel) only to have a 30-minute outing in the bathtub on weekends when his home underwent a thorough cleaning.

And one day it happened!

His dream became true.

It was a warm summer day.

The windows were open and Marian, a friend of the family had just opened Karl’s cage to give him some chocolate cake when her iPod distracted her and she focused on answering the latest WhatsApp messages.

Karl, never one to hesitate climbed out, and, wonders never seize, money was lying on the windowsill.

Several dollar notes, gently moving in the summer breeze.

As Karl was standing on one note wondering what he should do next a sudden gust of wind lifted the note he was standing on and out the window he flew!

Whew, now that was something!

Karl’s heart did a double take.

Gently he glided through the air towards the park he had longed for.

‘Hey there’ he heard all of a sudden.

‘You do look strange flying through the air like this’.

A crow was gliding next to him.

‘Yup.’ Karl was busy keeping in balance and trying to guide his flying dollar carpet to the nearest tree.

‘Need a little wing-help?’

‘I sure do’ Karl answered very relieved.

With an elegant swoop the crow maneuvered below Karl and gently took him on his back.

And from this minute onwards a great friendship developed.

Karl and Annie the crow left the park eventually and travelled around the world having many exiting adventures together.

But that is another story I’ll tell you later.