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The Mousetrap

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A mouse looked through the crack in the farmhouse wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package that was on the kitchen table.

“What delicious food might this package contain?” the mouse thought to himself. He was in the mood for a delicious morsel of something. “Maybe it’s cheese” he pondered, “or maybe some sausage or chocolate”. “CHOCOLATE!” The meer thought of that delicious scent practically had him drooling.

But alas, when the farmer and his wife finished unwrapping the package, the mouse was devastated to discover that it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard with his tail between his legs, the mouse proclaimed a warning to the other animals.

“There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The chicken clucked and scratched when the mouse told her the news, but in response she just raised her head and said very haughtily, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell that this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”

The mouse then turned to the pig and told him the news, “There is a mousetrap in the farmhouse.”

The pig sympathized with the mouse, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured that you are in my prayers.”

The mouse next turned to the cow and told her the news.

The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.”

So, the mouse returned to the farmhouse, his head down and dejected, with a resolve to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.

That very night, a sound was heard throughout the house. It was like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught.

In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught, not a mouse.

The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever.

Now, everyone knows that you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient.

However, his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock.

To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer’s wife did not get well, sadly she died.

So many people came for her funeral, that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

So, the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember, when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

We are all involved in this journey called life.

We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

Each Of Us Is A Vital Thread In Another Person’s Tapestry. Our Lives Are Woven Together For A Reason.

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