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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Keep your eyes open.

 This story was sent to me by a friend. I am sharing it  on my blog with a hope that if narrated to the children, they may learn a lesson from it.
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 goat and told him "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"  The goat sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it. "
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. But wish you well; be assured you are in my prayers "
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 goat.  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 that 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 because directly or indirectly we might have to suffer!!!



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22 comments:

  1. A great story with a great moral.

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    1. Thank you Kalpana. Glad you liked it.

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  2. Actually we are all connected and if we realize that we can reach out an extra mile. Great story Usha thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Padmaja. Such stories tell us so much about life.

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  3. This is a very interesting story with a great message! Thanks for sharing, Usha.

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    1. Thank you Sandya. The message conveyed in such stories is always very deep, though they are written in such a simple manner.

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  4. Wow, life is so interconnected, isn't it? Loved the moral of the story and the extremely simple way in which it was brought forth.

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    1. Yes Jairam such small stories, though simple, convey a message which has great depth and meaning.

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  5. Life is a web of relations, emotions and lessons. It is all about "we" and "us" indeed.

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    1. Yes Reshma, such small stories give us very practical messages of life.

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  6. Such a profound message from a small story! Thanks for sharing, Ma'am.

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  7. A simple but striking story. the moral is the need of the hour since many people follow closed door policy. Thank you for the share.

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    1. Thanks Asha.Glad you liked the story.

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  8. Ripple effect. Alas! Mr. Mouse was saved. Thanks for this simple yet meaningful story, dear Usha.

    Joy always,
    Susan

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    1. Yes Susan, even small things can teach a lesson, but alas! people ignore them. Be happy.

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  9. Life!

    Simple story with a very relevant moral. Thanks for sharing this :)

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    1. Yes Sheethal, this is life. People tend to bypass small things, which can be important. Be happy.

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  10. Great!Great! You are vigilant enough to share such useful posts.Thank you for that.

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    1. Thank you Sarala for your inspiring comments.

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  11. Have been rewarded to read such a meaningful story Ushaji!

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    1. Thank you Rahul. Glad that you liked the story.

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