Posted: June 20, 2012 in STORY
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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 rattrap. 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 goat 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 goat,” 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! “So the rat returned to the house, head

down and dejected, to face the farmer’s rattrap alone. That very night

a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound of a rattrap

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 farmyard for the soup’s main

ingredient. His wife’s sickness continued so that friends and

neighbours came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them the

farmer butchered the goat. 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 rattrap in the house, the whole farmyard is at risk.



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