Rat Trap

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
neighbors 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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