A Simple Lesson
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 farmyard the rat proclaimed the
warning; "There is 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 is 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
The rat turned to the cow. She said, "Like wow, Mr. Rat. A rat trap. I am in
grave danger. Duh?"
So 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
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 farmyard 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 farmyard is at risk.