A Parable

Posted: September 2, 2009 in Uncategorized

mouse 2A 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 procliamed this warning:

There is a mousetrap in the house!

There is a mousetrap in the house!

The chicken clucked and scratched,CHICKEN 1

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.

PIG 1The 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.

COW 1The 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


That very night a sound was heard throughout the house

— the sound of a mousetrap catching it’s prey.

The farmers wife rushed to see what was caught.

In the darkness, she did no see it.

SNAKE 1It 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 ingredients:

But his wif’e sickness continued.

Friends and neighbours 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.

And the mouse looked upon it all, from his crack in the wall, with great sadness.

So, next time you hear someone is facing a problem

and you think it doesn’t concern you,


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—

Remember everyone who has ever helped you out—

and let them know how important they are.


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

Our lives are woven together for a reason.

One of the best things to hold onto

In this world is a FRIEND.


  1. ingrid sê:

    Dankie blogvriendin.

  2. Muffia sê:

    ‘n Baie goeie voorbeeld van hoe ons NIE moet wees NIE, ons het almal mekaar nodig in die lewe – as jy dink daai ander persoon se probleme is sy eie – bliksem daai blinde sambok BAIE hard

    Thx vir ‘n mooi gedagte

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