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The Great Albuquerque Mouse Tragedy
6/10/2007 6:37:53 AM

My cat and I live near a school that has a number of those metal buildings. There's usually a foot or so of space underneath and since this is New Mexico, they’re not on pavement but desert sand. That makes them a haven for mice and a playground for cats. My cat loves to spend her evenings there.

Somewhere around three in the morning I heard her come in. She is very spoiled and has her own door and no curfew. She usually comes in and sleeps at the foot of the bed, but instead I heard her running around and making a great deal of noise. When I could no longer ignore it, I climbed out of bed to check on her activities and saw that she had brought me a present. I stood there, half asleep, watching her chase a very large mouse around.

I’m not squeamish by nature. At least I tell myself that. I threw on some clothes, grabbed a broom from the closet (my weapon of choice), and joined in the merriment.

The smart thing to do would have been to lock the cat in another room and deal with the mouse. It was the middle of the night and I was half-asleep, not in the best shape to figure out the smart thing. Instead, I chased the cat that chased the mouse (this is NOT a nursery rhyme) who might have been in town for the mouse Olympics.

After another half an hour of that, the three of us made it to the office, and mouse, cat, and sleepy human were less than a foot from a door to the outside. I could taste victory and pulled the door open ready to use my weapon and sweep the mouse out. My cat may have sensed this and was not prepared to let go of her prize. She leapt at the mouse and he jumped under a cabinet next to the door. I swatted at the cat and leaned the cabinet slightly hoping the mouse would see the open door. The cabinet wasn't large, but it was heavy and since one hand swatted at the cat, only one hand remained to hold it, and it slipped from my fingers.

The cat jumped backwards and my eyes darted around the room looking for the mouse. When I didn’t see it, I thought it must have run out the door, and breathed a sigh of relief. I held my broom in the air in a victorious pose and started to look at my cat smugly, but she seemed a little sad.

I didn't have the energy to clean everything before I climbed under the covers, but decided I could at least put the cabinet back against the wall. My victory smile faded when I pulled it upright and saw the mouse had not made it out the door.

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More Blogs by Jean Sheldon
• Go Complacently into the Night - Thursday, July 26, 2007
• An Uncommon Magpie born on the Common - Thursday, July 26, 2007
• Responsibility - Tuesday, July 24, 2007
• Reality Check - Sunday, July 22, 2007
• Priorities - Thursday, July 19, 2007
• Selling Yourself—Selling Your Books - Monday, July 16, 2007
• Okay, call me a Hypocrite - Sunday, July 15, 2007
• You Find Life When You Live It - Saturday, July 14, 2007
• Make some Room for the Rest of Us - Thursday, July 12, 2007
• Ego - Wednesday, July 11, 2007
• How do you Stay Calm in the Chaos? - Monday, July 09, 2007
• Twilight Zoned - Sunday, July 08, 2007
• Take Two Books and Call me in the Morning - Thursday, July 05, 2007
• Survival of the Considerate - Monday, July 02, 2007
• Listless on the DorothyL Listserve - Thursday, June 28, 2007
• Which way do you think our feet are facing? - Wednesday, June 27, 2007
• Always - Monday, June 25, 2007
• Upstaged by a Pigeon - Saturday, June 23, 2007
• Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard - Friday, June 22, 2007
• The Boundaries we call Safe - Monday, June 18, 2007
• Only You Know What you Want to Achieve - Friday, June 15, 2007
• Buy my book—too subtle? - Monday, June 11, 2007
•  The Great Albuquerque Mouse Tragedy - Sunday, June 10, 2007  

• When are you the Most Creative? - Thursday, June 07, 2007
• I Love My Socks - Thursday, June 07, 2007
• One Man’s Peace is Another Man’s War - Tuesday, June 05, 2007
• Writer’s Block—you have the right to remain silent - Saturday, June 02, 2007
• Creating can be Scary - Wednesday, May 30, 2007
• If you can’t say something nice…say something - Monday, May 28, 2007
• How far do you go? - Thursday, May 24, 2007
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• Grist for the idea mill - Monday, May 21, 2007
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