The Mousetrap



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 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 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; 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!

Thanks Valerie…my dear friend!


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Adrian
    Feb 18, 2009 @ 13:10:25

    How true, in life we are connected at some level! :)Adrian


  2. Gill.
    Feb 18, 2009 @ 13:21:38

    Ho w lovely and so true Rhonda. I thought it was gonna be a funny at first. You know we are all with you Rhonda.Hugs Gill. xx


  3. Beth
    Feb 18, 2009 @ 13:34:03

    What a wonderful little story with such a big punch line. Thank you!Hugs,Beth


  4. Sherry
    Feb 18, 2009 @ 13:47:11

    What a wonderful message Rhonda. One we all need to heed.HugsSherry


  5. Angel eyes
    Feb 18, 2009 @ 13:59:12

    So very true and there is little better than a faithful friend and we could all easily become ensnared angel eyes


  6. Duckie
    Feb 18, 2009 @ 14:07:35

    Oh, perfect my dear Rhonda. We are all connected and sadly some are caught up around their own axil.Thank you.


  7. J W
    Feb 18, 2009 @ 16:15:24

    Amen to this. The vast majority of us are distant friends who will never meet in this lifetime, but friends we are. There is a special connection between those of who use this domain for goodwill and moral interaction. Thank you so much for sharing.John


  8. Patsy
    Feb 18, 2009 @ 20:15:08

    How true is this? I just want to know even though like JW said we will probably not meet I know you are there as I am here for you. Hugs, pat


  9. H
    Feb 18, 2009 @ 22:22:14

    hiya .. absolutely loved it! take care always, love H xo


  10. Cynical
    Feb 19, 2009 @ 00:02:33

    Cute presentation. A much more profound message. Me like.Peace, Doc


  11. Barbara
    Feb 20, 2009 @ 19:04:46

    boy do I agree!!! this sort of reminds me of the dynamics of what was happening in the office where I worked…domino\’s…stand together, or you to shall perish!Take careBarbie


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