Why mice are afraid of cats.


nce upon a time in the days when wishing still helped, there was a cat and a mouse who fell in love.  They lived in a pretty white house with a bright red chimney. Every morning the mouse prepared fresh-baked breakfast buns. And every day after breakfast the cat went to work because he wanted to be the richest cat in the world. Late that night the cat came home and saw that the cat’s eyes were red. “Your eyes are are so red. Have you been crying my love?” the mouse asked.  “No my love, my mouse. I have been working so hard. It makes my eyes red.  Please let us go to sleep.  Both of the hands on the clock point past the twelve.”  The next morning the the cat and mouse had their breakfast buns and the cat went off because he wanted to be the richest cat in the world.  “Please my cat, my love,” the mouse said. “Let us not forget that all the wealth in the world does not make me love you more.”  Late that night the cat came home with red eyes again. “Your eyes are are so red. Have you been crying my love?” the mouse asked. “No my love, my mouse.  The clock’s hands point past twelve again. Please let us go to sleep.”  The next day when the mouse was putting the cat’s clothes away, the mouse saw a shocking sight. Inside the cat’s top drawer was a funny looking cigarette with a fat middle. The mouse knew what it was. I was a bad thing called pot.  The mouse also knew the Golden Rule that says if anyone asks you to try smoking pot you should tell someone you love and not smoke it.  And since the cat never told the mouse, the mouse figured that the cat’s love was not true.  When the cat got home, the mouse was gone but had left a note. It read: “My cat, today I saw an unbelievable sight. I found a bad thing called pot in your drawer. You have broken the Golden Rule and I have run off only to return if you promise never to smoke pot again.” And that is why from that day on all mice run when they see the eyes of the cat.

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I wrote this story to promote discussion between you and you and child. After you read it with them, ask them questions. Answer questions.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.  Thank you Rick Meyerowitz for the drawings! ~Mike

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2 Responses to “Why mice are afraid of cats.”

  1. Brad Says:

    Interesting tale Mike. Perhaps this is also sheds light on why Tom could never catch Jerry?

    In all seriousness, the reefer conversation is one of the major parent-kid-growing up benchmark discussions. The hard part is finding the time and place to ask it. I think this little fable definitely helps.

    • Mike LaMonica Says:

      Thanks Brad. I had this idea when I was contributing writer for The Partnership for a Drug Free America. I have a bunch of them written.

      One thing I forgot to mention: appropriate age(s). If you are a parent, you know your child. I’d say you’d be safe to start with this type of thing at 6-8 depending on the child. I hope it works out to be an icebreaker and solve the age-old problem of why Tom could never catch Jerry! Thanks for your comment! ~Mike

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