A modern-day fable

Big boy just kind of rolls over the little lady.
Big boy just kind of rolls over the little lady. | Source

A short short tale

The male cat exuberantly digs his hole and then he does his business, sometimes still facing the hole he dug. With a flourish he leaps from his toilet and saunters off without a glance over his shoulder, his leavings exposed to the world.

The female cat approaches the box. Wrinkling her nose at the odor and looking inside with distain, she rakes the litter over the scat before digging her own hole. She makes her deposit into the hole she has freshly dug, then turns around and daintily covers her own leavings. Only when she is satisfied that the box is tidy does she stride off throwing her head into the air with a sense of accomplishment.

As with all fables, there is a moral to this story. Since the beginning of time, women have been cleaning up messes their men leave behind. (Perhaps that’s why we need more women in political roles. Hopefully, the divine feminine could put a stop to war.)


“Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.” Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. From Virginibus Puerisque, “An Apology for Idlers” (1881).

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

BRAVO!!! This is cute, funny and TRUE. I love it!


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago Author

Thank you! You would never know that it reminded me so much of my own family, would you?


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Deep Metaphysical 4 years ago from India

Very well written indeed. Glad that I took your advise on fable writing.


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago Author

Thank you, DM, I'm just an old editor trying to help out young writers. Sometimes I guess I get a little old lady testy, but I love you all.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Very interesting fable and if more women in political roles can do better that what we got right now I'll vote for that .

Vote up and more !!!


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago Author

Kashmir56, I don't think they can do any worse. Look at women like Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel, Indira Gandhi, all strong leaders. But we have to quibble over Clintons, Pelosis, Palins, always knitpicking women to death. My state is the buckle of the bible belt and we are supposed to be "subordinate" to men, therefore we have never had a woman governor although about six years ago we had a very qualified candidate who lost to a lesser qualified man. She had been a leader in state government for years and really knew her stuff. Anyway, thanks for bringing it up and letting me blow off steam. Always good to hear from you.


Ginger Ruffles 4 years ago

LOL, touche!


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago Author

Thank you for your comment, Ginger Ruffles!


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Rhonda D Johnson 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

Now the question is, if we stop cleaning up after men, will they start cleaning up after themselves, or will they just let the world go to pot.

A woman's place is in the house...and the senate.


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Rhonda, I tried that with my husband and it didn't work. I thought I would see just how long he could go with his own mess in the house, and I came to the conclusion that it was indefinitely! I love your slogan!


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Rhonda D Johnson 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

The same seems to be true in the political arena. Another slogan: "I must do something" will get better results than "Something must be done."


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago Author

Yeah, but I think we need a woman in the house (White House) after the latest events. Hillary looked awful last night, like she hasn't slept for days. My heart went out to her. Somebody needs to tell Romney to stick a sock in it. He's only inflaming things.


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ajwrites57 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

Well MizBejabbers, I'm indignant that you put all men in this category! Oh, by the way, I made a mess in the in the kitchen, any chance you could get that? JUST KIDDING!

Very funny and sadly true! :o)


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MizBejabbers 3 years ago Author

Actually, AJ, there really are some men who are not in this category. My father was one, and my brother is so neat he got on mother's nerves. Sorry I can't say that about Mr. B. I think I really got the idea from Vietnam and the wars in the Middle East. Hillary has done a remarkable job. I wonder what the U.S. is going to do without her as Secretary of State. Thanks for stopping by.

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