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Which mouse are you?
Nancy Whitaker
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:17 PM

By Nancy Whitaker


I love to think back to a time when life was slower paced, families ate dinner together, kids played outside till the street lights came on and the biggest event around was the county fair.

Then I wonder, “Do I really want to go back to those days of no computers, no cell phones, no McDonald’s or no television? Is life worse now than what it ever was? Or do we just have easier access to information?”

In this modern world, we can see plane crashes as they occur and go directly to scenes of people getting robbed, murdered and raped. We can see and hear the government leaders warring over politics and can see a war as it breaks out.

Years ago, I recall having an old radio that we would sit around and listen to church music or perhaps “The Grand Old Opry.” If we did hear any news, it was generally gotten by Grandma listening in on our party line to other neighbors talking.

Sometimes, I wonder if we are better off not hearing all the bad news and just focusing on simpler things.

Today’s family life can be stressful and we get way too busy to get that special “family time.” Everyone is coming and going different places.

So which lifestyle is best? The slow paced life or life in the busy fast lane?

A story comes to mind about two mice. A country mouse invited his cousin who lived in the city to come visit him. The city mouse was so disappointed with the sparse meal which was nothing more than a few kernels of corn and a couple of dried berries.

“My poor cousin,” said the city mouse, “you hardly have anything to eat! I do believe that an ant could eat better! Please do come to the city and visit me, and I will show you such rich feasts, readily available for the taking.”

So the country mouse left with his city cousin who brought him to a splendid feast in the city’s alley. The country mouse could not believe his eyes. He had never seen so much food in one place. There was bread, cheese, fruit, cereals, and grains of all sorts scattered about in a warm cozy portion of the alley.

The two mice settled down to eat their wonderful dinner, but before they barely took their first bites, a cat approached their dining area. The two mice scampered away and hid in a small uncomfortable hole until the cat left.

Finally, it was quiet, and the unwelcome visitor went to prowl somewhere else. The two mice ventured out of the hole and resumed their abundant feast. Before they could get a proper taste in their mouth, another visitor intruded on their dinner, and the two little mice had to scuttle away quickly.

“Goodbye,” said the country mouse. “You do, indeed, live in a plentiful city, but I am going home where I can enjoy my dinner in peace.”

This story shows the lifestyle of two different mice and their preferences. One mouse did not mind the interruptions when he was eating his bountiful meal, but the other mouse preferred what little he did eat to eat it in peace and quiet.

I love computers, cell phones and McDonald’s. The busy lifestyles have replaced an era of simpler times.

Do you remember when times were quieter and days were more relaxed? Do you think that the information highway we are on is good? Let me know and I’ll give you a Penny For Your Thoughts.