A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. What food might this contain?” The mouse
wondered – he was devastated to discover it was
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: There is a mousetrap in
the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her
head and said, “Mr.Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no
consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”
The mouse turned to the goat and told him,
“There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a
mousetrap in the house!”
The goat sympathized, but said, “I am so very
sorry, Mr.Mouse, but there is nothing I can do
about it but pray.
Be assured you are in my prayers.”
The mouse turned to the cow and said “There is
a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap
in the house!”
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 house, head down
and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap
That very night a sound was heard throughout
the house — 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 it was a
venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.
The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer
rushed her to the hospital , and she returned
home with a fever.
Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh
chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to
the farmyard for the soup’s main
But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and
neighbours came to sit with her around the
To feed them, the farmer butchered the goat.
The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died.
So many people came for her funeral, the farmer
had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat
for all of them.
The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in
the wall with great sadness.
So, the next time you hear 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. (Culled)