The Mouse Trap

    The mouse trap


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 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.” 
The pig sympathised, but said “I am so
very sorry, Mr Mouse, but there is
nothing I can do about it but pray.” 
The cow said, “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 neighbours came
to sit with her around the clock. To feed
them, the farmer butchered the pig. 


Thefarmer'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 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.
Each of us is a vital thread in another
person's tapestry


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