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A mouse was watching through a crack in a wall the farmer and his wife opening a package: what would be the food that package hide?, wondered the mouse and what was his shock to discover that it was a mousetrap. She then hurried to the barn to proclaim the severe warning: There’s a mousetrap in the house!  There is a mousetrap in the house! 

 

The chicken babbled and scratched his back and raising his neck replied: “Mr. mouse, I understand that this is a problem for you, but it has no consequence for me.  It doesn’t bother me”.  The mouse then turned to the pig and told him: There’s a mousetrap in the house!  There is a mousetrap in the house!  The pig was sympathetic but replied: “I am very sorry Mr. mouse, but I cannot do anything except to pray, but be assured of my prayers”.  The mouse then turned to the cow and shouted him his cry of alarm: There’s a mousetrap in the house!  There is a mousetrap in the house!  And the cow to answer: “Well, Mr. mouse, I am sorry for you, but it doesn’t makes a crease on my belly!”

 

This is how Mr. mouse returned home, head down and discouraged from having to deal alone with the farmer’s mousetrap. In the night that followed, a strange noise was heard in the house, a noise that resembled that of a mousetrap that had caught his prey. 

 

The farmer’s wife rushed to see what had been caught, but in the darkness, she doesn’t see that the tail of a venomous snake had been caught by the mousetrap.  Distraught, the snake bit the farmer’s wife who hurried to take her to the hospital, but alas, she returned home with a high fever. And everyone knows that we must treat a high fever with a chicken soup and the farmer then took out his machete to make the main ingredient for the soup.  

 

But the farmer’s wife disease worsened so that all friends and neighbors came to watch her 24 hours on her bedside.  And to feed them, the farmer had to slaughter the pig.  But the farmer’s wife did not get any better and end up dying.  So many people came to her funeral, and the farmer had to slaughter the cow to provide enough meat for all these people.  Mr. mouse watched all this coming back and forth by the slit of the wall feeling a great sadness.

 

So therefore, remember the next time you hear that someone of your knowledge is struggling with a problem that does not concern you, remember that when one of ours is threatened, we are all in danger.  We are all involved in this journey called life. Have an open eye on our loved ones and make an effort to encourage each other.

 

Remember that each of us is an important wire in someone else’s net because our lives are woven into the others’ fabric.  One of the best values to hold in life is a friend

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