Yes, all mice leap towards the cheese on the mouse trap. Why do they do that? No one really knows. Maybe this behaviour is instinctual. Maybe it’s culturally conditioned. Among mice, this behaviour is considered normal.
Take for example, the annual “Great Mouse Leap” in Town Mousey where young mice would leap at the rows of mouse traps outside the confectionary near Christmas.
Emmy grew up fuss free and carefree. However, as Emmy becomes older, she, like all others, began to feel the strange pull towards the mouse trap.
All other mice chattered excitedly about the coming “Great Mice Leap” and many of Emmy’s young friends were even planning to participate this year.
Emmy was troubled. One day, she decided to talk to the wise elder.
“Why do we leap towards to mouse trap?” Emmy asked him.
“What do you mean, why? We are mice. It’s what we are supposed to do, silly.”
“Yes, but what happens after we leap?” she pressed.
“Err… we don’t know,” came the hesitant reply.
“Then how do you know it’s good?” Emmy insisted, noting a hint of doubt in his voice.
“It must be good because no one ever comes back. Now, shut up and go along, young mouse.”
That evening, she was to the very edge of the town and sat there. “What’s wrong with me that I can’t be satisfied with leaping towards the mouse trap like all the others?” she wondered. “Am I weird for asking so many questions, and for wanting something else?”
All of a sudden, she had a new question to ask: “What do you think is on the other side of the confectionary, behind the door?”
She thought hard over it and then she knew what she had to do.
It was night, the evening of the Great Leap. As the moon rose higher into the sky, the town began bursting with energy.
“I’m gonna do a swan dive!” called one mouse.
“I’m gonna do a cannonball!” laughed another.
Emmy followed the young cohort of inspired mice towards the confectionary.
Outside the confectionary, Emmy was in awe. In front of her were rows and rows of mousetraps. Atop them were tantalising looking cheese of all shape and sizes.
She hesitated. (pause)
Taking a deep breath, she calmed her instinct and tiptoed passed the traps. All the rest of the mice stared at her in disbelief. She insisted and braved on.
Finally, she reached the door, entered the confectionary and was treated to the greatest feast she had in her whole life.
A year later, it’s again time of the Great leap. Despite Emmy bringing back lots of cakes and pastries, the elder refused to end ”The Great Leap”, maintaining it was too important to their heritage and their identity as a group So every year, many mice continued to leap to their death.
Still with help from Emmy, many more mice began to ask “why” and to consider their actions.
Have you asked “why” today?
Toastmaster of the day.
This is an AP3 from the storytelling manual