When One Is Threatened

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 a mousetrap.
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 pig and told him,
“There is a mousetrap in the house! There
is a mousetrap in the house!”
The pig 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 mo usetra p 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– alone.
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
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 ingredient.
But his wife’s sickness continued, so
friends and neighbors came to sit with
her around the clock.
To feed them, the farmer butchered the
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.

One of the best things to hold onto in this
world is a friend.


One Comment

  1. Posted March 6, 2007 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the neat story. We are all in this together!

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