Threads in Life’s Tapestry

by Sherry Riter in Family,Friend,Lessons of Life,Motivation

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.

“What food might this contain?” The mouse wondered.

He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed this warning:

“There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, 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 mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The pig sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.”

The mouse turned to the cow and said, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.”

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap . . .

Alone. . .

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house — the sound Of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it. It was a venomous snake whose tail was caught in the trap. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital. When she returned home she still had a fever. 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: But his wife’s sickness continued.

Friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. But, alas, the farmer’s wife did not get well…She died.

So many people came for her funeral that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them for the funeral luncheon. And the mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and you think it doesn’t concern you, remember — When one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

When was the last time you let everyone know how important they are to you?

Each of us is a vital thread in another person’s tapestry. Our lives are woven together for a reason.

One of the best things to hold onto In this world is a friend.

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tammy Howard July 31, 2009 at 10:53 am

Food for thought. So to speak.


2 Oh Sew Good July 31, 2009 at 10:57 am

It's excellent. You are one talented lady when it comes to writing. Nicely done!


3 Jane In The Jungle July 31, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Wonderful Red! And a great way to start the weekend!!


4 Cindy @ Chalk it Up! July 31, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Great story! And so true. I love the little animated illustrations too. Nice touch!
Come see my FFF:)
Have a great weekend!


5 TJ July 31, 2009 at 12:40 pm

you color your moms tapestery with such beauty, and to think I played a small part in your wee life


6 Tabitha@ichoosebliss July 31, 2009 at 1:53 pm

I truly loved reading this and it's so true!! I'm so happy to meet you!!


7 Scrappy Girl July 31, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Something to really ponder…I loved this story.

We came home to a mouse in our bathtub yesterday evening. I caught the cute little guy in a paper cup…then threw him outside…Annie Louise is a great mousetrap!


8 Julie, Little One-of-a-Kind Design July 31, 2009 at 3:06 pm

congrats on Chalk It Up featuring you!


9 Peterson Family July 31, 2009 at 4:01 pm

That is sooooo good! And so true! What a fab story! Thanks for sharing it! It really makes you think!


10 Lee July 31, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Wow. Loved that! Gave me goosebumps!


11 Elise July 31, 2009 at 4:36 pm

great story – thank you for taking the time to tell us


12 Elise July 31, 2009 at 4:36 pm

great post – thanks


13 blushing rose July 31, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Superb! Not that I haven't said before. Too bad that there are those that couldn't figure that one out for the life of them. So perfectly written .. TTFN ~Marydon


14 Escapist July 31, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Too interesting !



15 natalee July 31, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Amazing…I'm hooked..natalee mbc


16 Navyvet July 31, 2009 at 7:04 pm

You have written something that I find quite prophetic. Something WILL happen to us if we do not overcome our differences. Continue letting the wosdom flow, Red.


17 Robbie S. Redmon, LPC July 31, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Love this post! Thanks for stopping by. Okay, you have got to tell me how you make the cute little hearts, please! Thanks for leaving one on my blog. It is so cute!!!


18 natalee August 1, 2009 at 1:50 am

I have nominated you for blog of the year..absolutely amazing!!!!natalee


19 ?georgie? August 1, 2009 at 2:30 am

This is amazing! you are amazing! I love your blog! i am kinda speechless….wow just wow


20 Kimberly August 1, 2009 at 3:51 am

So true!


21 greedygrace August 1, 2009 at 4:48 am

What a great read! Love it!


22 Opus #6 August 1, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Beautifully written. Thank you for posting this.


23 BAND OF BARBIES August 1, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I cannot beleive you go to bed at 3 and wake up at 530ish!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would be a zombie!!! A dead designer I would be! HAHAHA Thanks for stopping by. WHew 8oo some blogs you follow, thats exhausting; maybe you should get paid to blog!!


24 bluecottonmemory August 1, 2009 at 3:11 pm

(If this goes through, this is for your friendship post. I had trouble getting it through)

Thanks so much for inviting for over for a Word of Affirmation Hug. I'm going to be moving in about a week, leaving behind some great GIft-from-God friends.

It's been a great comfort knowing that I can pack up my friends I've made through Blue Cotton Memory. My friends in the blogohood are so encouraging, sweetly supportive, and so funny. I kept telling my husband, "How am I going to find friends who love me the way I am. Do I have to have another baby (a great way to make friends in a new community?" LOL

You guys love me just the way I am.

Thanks for your encouragement and friendship


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