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Why Glorify the Mouse?

October 11th, 2010 | 1 Comment

Why glorify the mouse? First let me set the context that compelled me to write about this today. This afternoon, my internet repair person told me that I had had unreliable service for the past several weeks because mice had chewed through my cable (on the outside of my house and not the inside, thank goodness). As a result,  my internet service was at the mercy of the outdoor elements.  Cry me a river, right?

Well, I am so dependent and addicted to having a fast and reliable computer that having it fritz out on me was almost too much to stand.  Indeed there  was wailing and gnashing of teeth throughout the household.  Homework was interrupted.  No bills could be paid. No time wasting surfing the internet! And all along, I had one nagging image in my mind…  A mouse. A mouse is involved. I just know it. Earlier this year, a mouse chewed on the air conditioning wires. This sneaky, destructive,creature that can squeeze through a hole the size of a pencil  had to be behind this malfunction too.  Something deep inside told me that when something inexplicably stops working, all the dials point to Public Enemy #1, the mouse.

Ah…. the mouse. Why do we glorify this nasty little rodent in cartoons, children’s literature, and movies?  As I sat with some friends this weekend,  speculating that a mouse was once again up to no good,  we all agreed that mice are owl food and nothing more and yet they enjoy rock star status in film and literature.  Within seconds we named : Stewart Little, Despereaux, Mighty Mouse, Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Ratatouilee (a CHEF mouse??), Jerry (from Tom and Jerry), Speedy Gonzalez, and Mighty Mouse.  In another few seconds, we named books and poems featuring mice: Hickory Dickory Dock, Three Blind Mice, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, The 3 Mouseketeers, and multiple Grimms Fairy Tales, Surely, no mouse list is complete without mentioning one of the first mouse stories ever told: The Country and City Mouse which was originally an Aesop fable written circa 600 B.C. ! This madness has been going on for a very long time!

Here’s the deal: I don’t know about you but when I know I have a mouse in the house, I absolutely fall apart. Setting traps are scary enough (What if it snaps back and smacks my fingers?). Emptying a trap requires pure courage.  Add those factors to the damage mice cause by nibbling through wires and cables or getting into food supplies and you wonder what writers are thinking when they continue a nearly 3000 year history of glorifying the mouse!!

…. OK.  I am done ranting.  Now I ask you.  Do you agree or am I just crazy??

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