Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Little Mouse Story

A Little Mouse Story

A mouse looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package. What food might it contain?
He was aghast to discover that it was a mouse trap. Retreating to the farmyard the mouse proclaimed the warning:
"There is a mouse trap in the house, a mouse trap in the house!"
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Excuse me, 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 then told the pig, "There is a mouse trap in the house.”
"I am very sorry Mr. Mouse," sympathized the pig, "but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured that you are in my prayers."
The mouse turned to the cow. She said, "You say, Mr. Mouse, a mouse trap? I am NOT in grave danger. You are! It’s your business.

So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mouse trap alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound of a mouse trap catching its prey.
The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see that 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. She returned home with a fever.
The farmer killed the chicken to make chicken soup for the wife.
His wife's sickness continued. Friends and neighbors came to visit. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig to prepare lunch.
The farmer's wife did not get well. A few days later she passed away.
So many people came for her funeral. The farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide meat for all of them to eat.

* We are all interconnected and interdependent. What happens to others or the environment can have a bearing on us.
* Working as a team to resolve a problem is important.
* Apathy, selfishness, self-centredness and cold-heartedness are negative traits and can bring negative effects to the ones with these traits.

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