A rat looked through a crack in the wall to see the
farmer and his wife opening a package. What food
might it contain? He was aghast to discover that it
was a rat trap.
Retreating to the barnyard the rat proclaimed the warning; "There's
a rat trap in the house, a rat trap in the house!" The chicken
clucked and scratched, raised her head and said,"Excuse me, Mr.
Rat, 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 rat turned to the pig and told him, "There's a rat trap in
the house, a rat trap in the house!" "I am so very sorry
Mr. Rat," sympathized the pig, "but there is nothing I can
do about it but pray. Be assured that you are in my prayers."
The rat turned to the cow. She said, "Like wow, Mr. Rat. A rat
trap. I am in grave danger. Duh?"
the rat returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the
farmer's rat trap alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the
house, like the sound of a rat trap catching its
prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see what was
caught. In the darkness, she did not see that 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. She returned
home with a fever. Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh
chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the barnyard for the
soup's main ingredient.
His wife's sickness continued so that 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, and so many people
came for her funeral that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide
meat for all of them to eat.
So the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think
that it does not concern you, remember that when there is a rat trap
in the house, the whole barnyard's at risk.