Thursday, August 25, 2005

Straight out of Beatrix Potter

Another wildlife encounter here at crazyacres. While a pile of lumber was being moved, a little mommy mouse ran off and a nest and four baby mice were discovered. The 5 year old dd ran inside, got a cereal bowl and placed the babies in the bowl. They were little, pink, squeaking, eyes closed, and helpless. The adults present (some of the workers here at the addition) said we should just squish them, as there are already too many mice around. This horrified my children. "But they're just BABIES!"

After everyone had gotten a good look, we put the babies in another pile of wood that isn't getting moved today, and where the mom mouse had run. Everyone went inside, except my 12 year old ds. I had told the kiddos that they would probably die, but just in case let's put them where the mom might find them. I didn't think she would come back, but didn't really know what else to do. Shortly afterwards, ds came in with a little smile, and told me he had quietly knelt there, and soon the mom came back, and carried the four wee ones away, one at a time. He was quite pleased, I could tell, but his smile was one of the bite-the-cheeks-so my-emotions-don't-show type so common in boys his age.

Why did we try to save the little mice? I don't know exactly, because we don't really like it when they get into the house, which is every fall. But they were helpless, and doing no harm, and they were alive. I especially thought it was sweet how pleased my boy was. Can tenderness every be a bad thing?


Blogger Mairin :o) said...

I think it is very sweet your son wanted to save the baby mice. So many kids are desensitized by video games and stuff that the suggestion of killing the babies wouldn't bother them.

August 25, 2005  
Blogger ~pen~ said...

oh, no tenderness is a good thing.

i tried the mice rescue at my house this past winter. i think i freed like five of them; then it was discovered there were just too many for me and we had to call in the back up.

i wondered what was worse - the pest control folks being called in or being released into the sub-zero temps to scurry off to find shelter.

i think the latter, but then again...

(i am proud of your kids, too :)

August 25, 2005  
Blogger Adinah said...

cuz they are all God's creatures, even the mice and especially the babies......Hooray for the kids who
knew it was the right thing to do!

August 25, 2005  
Blogger martha marmot said...


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