The Mouse Trap

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
August 6, 1997

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. Each of us is a vital thread in another person’s tapestry.

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17 comments
  1. Re the cartoon: I recently read about a South African mining company CEO who took home a total package of
    R45 million last year. (About $4.5 million in US). He was offering the miners at the gold face an increase of 5% “because of the tough economic conditions”. Their present wages start from the equivalent of around $350 per month. Oh yes, and the mines are “running at a loss”. Anyone know how to fix this problem? Because the CEO doesn’t seem to.

  2. Any chance I could re-use that cartoon – it so fits the situation we have here in the Kaipara with our District Council… 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on God's group and commented:
    Jesus tells us that helping others, even strangers…is like helping Him, in…Matthew 25:35-40…
    Blessings in Christ, bruce

    • Thank so much Kenny for sharing this story.
      Bruce,You hit the nail on the head when you shared the scripture from Matthew. How much we need to be reminded that we need to care about each other and look out for others interests not just our own…because in the long run, we reap what we sow.

  4. We are indeed on this journey called life together. My sentiments, many times over. Why can’t we care about what another?

  5. apoloJetics said:

    Nice illustration. Had the pig prayed fervently, with open ears, he might have heard a voice speaking, “Go. I have chosen to send you.”

  6. navaara said:

    Reblogged this on Mind Chatter and commented:
    Very good for all of us. And, it is a cute story.

  7. Wow! What a memorable illustration! Lord, open my eyes to the needs of others. As I help them, I know You will be working in me and for me. Thank You for always blessing the giver as well as the receiver!

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