Cowart's Common Room
A Mouse Story

You may have all heard this before, but I thought it was really good.

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 mouse trap 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 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 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 pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well, but died. So many people came to her funeral the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them. The mouse looked up it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

Each of us is a vital thread in another person's tapestry. Our lives are woven together for a reason.

Posted at 5th Dec 2007 - 03:18AM   Posted by Woolyworks   A Mouse Story Comments: 8

Jackofall's Avatar I've not seen it before and thought it was very good, a fine moral tale that I could even see written as a children's picture book (well, maybe not the wife getting sick and dying bit).

The ending seems a bit flat, though - I expected there to be a more appropriate moral, along the lines of "Heed what even the smallest ones say to you; for therein may lie the words of wisdom". Or something like that.

Posted by: Jackofall on 5th Dec 2007 at 08:00AM

Fennie's Avatar How true, how true! Not heard this one but their are other tales with a similar message.

Posted by: Fennie on 5th Dec 2007 at 08:01AM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Oh very good!!!

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 5th Dec 2007 at 08:40AM

Faith's Avatar Strange little tale, never heard it before.

Posted by: Faith on 5th Dec 2007 at 09:07AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Interesting way of looking at things.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 5th Dec 2007 at 11:37AM

Camilla's Avatar That is interesting Cowgirl, I have never heard of that before.


Posted by: Camilla on 5th Dec 2007 at 12:55PM

Milla's Avatar Yes, I am a sucker for a final nodding of a sage head and a sucking in of smug breath and a wise elder berating a foolish (in this case dead) youngster and reminding all that we are intertwined. A sort of older grown up version of the more easily relatable little Red Hen (who is me, by the way)

Posted by: Milla on 5th Dec 2007 at 09:13PM

Milla's Avatar And Camilla, Cowgirl may be wooly and dear and she sure as *ell works, but she is not woolyworks! Goodness I can't waste an opportunity to latch onto another's Senior Moment for, after all, that means it aint' mine!

Posted by: Milla on 5th Dec 2007 at 09:14PM

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