The mousetrap…

Note:- I got the following story from a friend. I was asked to forward it to everyone who has helped me. Instead of doing that, as there are so many of them, I am posting it here. It is really nice and the moral is 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 this 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. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did no see it. It was a venomous snake whose tail was caught in the trap.

The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital. When she returned home she still had 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. Friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. But, alas, the farmer’s wife did not get well… She died. So many people came for her funeral that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them for the funeral luncheon. And 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 you 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. Our lives are woven together for a reason.


  1. s said,

    January 3, 2011 at 12:00 am

    A Very Happy and Blessed New Year….be happy always.

  2. s said,

    January 3, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Oh! “Each of us is a vital thread in another person’s tapestry. Our lives are woven together for a reason.”
    …..reminds me of a similar quote in Richard Bach’s, One – A novel.
    Can’t quite remember the exact quote, unfortunately. Nonetheless, truer words were never spoken. Like it a lot! Sorry for the lengthy comment.

  3. s said,

    January 3, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Yikes! A million apologies but what happened to the voting meter? It was a nice touch for those who may not have a way with words but would still like to let you know, how you, through your articles, have touched their lives. Just an opinion.

  4. TME said,

    January 3, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Nobody cares for another is one of the worst fearful situation. I think we are not aware of its ripple effects. Thanks for sharing, Alexis.

  5. Bindu said,

    January 3, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Lovely story, thanks for sharing. It so well depicts the compartmentalized lives that we live these days!

  6. Susan said,

    January 3, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Very good story, thanks for sharing.

  7. s said,

    January 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Tryin my hand at blogging….not quite sure if it will be my first n last post, but do read and if you like let me know what you think.

  8. Alexis Leon said,

    January 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    S: Thanks for the link. The voting meter is just below the post.

    Thulasy: You are welcome.

    Bindu: Yes, the pace of the modern life has made us less caring; we move forward so fast that we are unable to look around and see what others are doing.

    SusanThank you for your comment.