The Disappointment of Mice

It takes effort to stay focused.

Tonight I swept the kitchen of crumbs and miscellaneous comestibles.

‘I’m going to be really good and make sure there’s nothing here to tempt rodents,’ I thought.

Then in the process of sweeping, I imagined the tiny little mice waiting in the wings, catching sight of me with the broom and letting out a really heart-wrenching, ‘Ohhhhhhhhhhhh’ sound of disappointment at the willful clearance of some perfectly tasty morsels, straight into the food-recycling bin, where they were going to do nobody any good at all lounging around alongside the spent lemons and tea-bags.

(The sound would not be full of self-pity but understated- a letting-down sigh, like a balloon deflating.)

All day it had been building, the promise of a feast you could wrap your pink nose around and exult in; the kind of meal that would give you a great night’s sleep and a promising start to a new week.

And I imagined them hanging their heads a bit lower than usual and padding back on their miniature paws and not having the energy to talk about it amongst themselves (what would there even be to say?)

And just buggering off to bed with empty tummies and the hollow dream of an unswept Galaxy niblet later in the week.

And for one crazy-horse moment I considered replacing a bit of the mess because one thing I can’t stand is disappointment.

But- for tonight, at least- I did not.

Because I remembered that there’s one thing I can’t stand more than the disappointment of mice.

And that is mice.

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4 responses to “The Disappointment of Mice

  1. adele

    Hoo noo! Having read this I now implore you to pop down a little treat for the critters the next time you sweep the kitchen. Just a small morsel for their delectation. That said, we had no such kind thoughts when we humanely trapped and redistributed 11 mice last winter! However, when they all return around November time I shall bear in mind a niblet or two for them so I don’t hear sighs of diappointment from the kitchen!

  2. jackie

    Disappointment in mice is something that I take very seriously and why i never ever sweep the kitchen floor

  3. jackie

    Liking the new notify option. I’ve ticked both.

  4. mumbo

    Leaving behind morsels, then shutting the box behind their bottoms once they’ve yaffled them would surely qualify as entrapment, Beastie! Let them run wild and give Gogi a reason to leave the hearthside, says I.

    I’m coming around to your way of thinking, Jack. It IS a serious subject and, come to think of it, I’m quite passionate about most dirt-hoovering critters in the home- especially Gethin.

    Thanks for ticking. Didn’t know it was there. Might tick it to notify me of notifications too.

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