June 11, 2008

A Mousetrap In The House

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.

Hmm..I think there is a moral here, somewhere. Maybe we should keep this little ditty in mind, as we go to the polls this coming November.

We need to be very sure that we don't put a mousetrap in the house, lest we all face the dire consequences of doing so.

Once the mousetrap is in the house, it will be too late.


TexasFred said...

There's a little boy and on his 14th birthday he gets a horse... and everybody in the village says, "how wonderful. the boy got a horse"

And the Zen master says, "we'll see."

Two years later The boy falls off the horse, breaks his leg, and everybody in the village says, "how terrible." And the Zen master says, "We'll see."

Then a war breaks out and all the young men have to go off and fight... except the boy can't cause his legs messed up. and everyone in the village says, "How wonderful."

And the Zen master says, "We'll see."

GUYK said...

the moral is to keep the snakes in the chicken house and out of the main house..

For every action there is a reaction and the majority of times when government is taking action to help someone at the expense of someone else the reaction it causes is not a good reaction..

Or as my sweetthing says..no good deed goes unpunished