That’s not my problem. These were the words that kept ringing through the mouse’s ears. Early that morning, he was scurrying around the farmer’s house looking for scraps of food that might have fallen on the floor. That’s when he stumbled upon it… a mousetrap. His parent’s had warned him about traps, but he had never seen one. In that moment, he realized the farmer and his wife were trying to kill him. Why would they want to kill him?
He ran to the barn as fast as his little legs could carry him. He burst inside and started yelling, "There is a mouse trap in the house! There is a mouse trap in the house!" He ran to tell his friend the chicken. “Chicken, there is a mouse trap in the farmer’s house. They’re trying to kill me.”
The chicken thought for a moment, “Mouse, your problems don’t concern me. It’s a mouse trap, not a chicken trap.”
The mouse frantically ran to the food trough looking for the pig. He was out of breath when he found the pig. Finally he collected himself, “I saw it! I saw it! There is a mouse trap in the house."
"I am very sorry Mouse," said the pig, "but can’t you tell I am in the middle of eating. If it makes you feel better, I’ll pray about it.” The mouse couldn’t believe his ears. Pig didn’t even care that the farmer wanted to kill him.
The mouse thought long and hard, surely his friend the cow would help him. He ran to the pasture looking for his confidant. He finally found the cow grazing among the herd. “Cow…Cow please help me. The farmer placed a trap in the house. He wants to kill me.” The Cow looked at his friend for several minutes. “Mouse you are one of my best friends, but I have enough problems of my own. I don’t have enough time in the day to help you.”
So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected to face the farmer's mousetrap alone. That very night the sound of the mousetrap awoke the farmer and his wife. The farmer's wife rushed to see what she caught. In the darkness, she could not see poisonous copperhead snake whose tail had been caught in the trap. Before she could react, the snake struck the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed his wife to bed and ran to the doctor’s house. The doctor suggested treated the wife’s fever with fresh chicken soup. So the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard to fetch the soup's main ingredient. Unfortunately, the wife's condition worsened 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, in fact, she died, the whole town came to pay their respects after the funeral. To feed all of these people, the farmer was forced to slaughter his prized cow to feed all of the people. So the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think it does not concern you, remember when the least of us is threatened, we are all at risk.