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My Funny Story About Mice And Men

Updated on September 9, 2012

Funny Story of Mice and Men

If you've read my stories before, when I was growing up, my mom worked usually at least 6 days a week as a music teacher. My younger sister and I were left in the care of her mother, my grandmother, who was a very interesting character.

She was truly a great person and one of the hardest working people I've ever met, past or present. She had one little peculiarity though...unfortunately, she was schizophrenic.

It made life for me a little interesting as I was most probably a little hyperactive to put it mildly. I certainly got into enough scrapes to earn her wrath on more than one occasion.

The solution was for my mother to occasionally take me with her on a Saturday for the whole day while she taught her music lessons. On rare occasions, she took my little sister as well but mostly it was just me.

I see now that it was a very good ploy to give my grandmother some quiet time. My little sister was never any bother and for me, it did give me an opportunity to go places and see things, something I seemed to enjoy most of the time.

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How My Funny Story of Mice and Men Began

So on one such Saturday, my mom took me with her for a fun-filled day of teaching music. I'd usually take coloring books with me or books to read. But sometimes she'd drop me off at various places, go teach her lesson and then come back for me.

On this particular day, she dropped me off at a pet store thinking that this would definitely hold my interest while she went to someone's home and taught her lesson.

She let me out and drove off with the stern admonition that I was to not get into trouble (what the heck were the chances of this happening?) and off she went with a wave.

I went inside the pet store which had just opened and began strolling the store looking for pets. I loved animals. At that point in my life, I even liked snakes and had yet to develop my unreasonable phobia that I have to this day. I went over to the snakes and lizard aisle and happily watched them for a bit.

Then I was strolling the other aisles, looking at books and supplies. Next, I proceeded to the cages where they had guinea pigs and kittens....oh I only wanted 5 or 6.....On this particular day, they didn't have any puppies but the kittens would do.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the fellow who owned the pet store walking down the snake aquarium aisle and popping lids up. I didn't think much about it but after about 5 minutes, I strolled back over to the snake aquariums to start my tour all over again.

Only to be stunned out of my little girl socks!!

Oh my GOD.....there must be some mistake. There was a mouse in one of the snake aquariums and it was running all around like it was lost. And no, no no....was I seeing this right? The snake was slithering after it and then much to my horror, it grabbed him or her and began swallowing it.

"ARRRGHHH".....I let out a scream that might have brought the place down. I was still screaming when I looked over and saw that the next aquarium had another mouse in it and guess what? The next aquarium's snake was just getting ready to devour IT, too~!! What were the chances? I screamed again!

By this time, the owner of the pet store had come running to where I was standing in horror realizing that all the aquariums had mice in them and ALL the snakes were having breakfast on these poor mice!

I was wailing something about "Get the mice out before they them, save them" and jumping up and down. The owner was muttering something about was I mentally challenged?

People were looking and I was still screaming in agony as I watched the mice running in vain all around the aquariums. Oh why didn't I just reach in and grab them all and save them? Why wasn't anyone rescuing them or making the snakes stop it?

Too late.....instead of me reaching in and grabbing them out of the aquariums (which I was about to do) and saving all the mice lives for the day, I was grabbed by the elbow and quickly escorted outside to the curb and deposited there.

The owner politely through gritted teeth told me to sit my butt down (or words to that effect....I understood swearing....what did he think I was, a slow top?) and to wait for my mother.

"Oh and by the way, tell your old lady (who was THAT?) that the pet store is not a babysitter for her daughter. Do NOT come back here again little girl!"

So I sat on the curb hugging my knees thinking about mice and snakes. I guess that day I learned about the food chain and how terrible it must be to be a mouse. Especially when you have no way out and the fight isn't even fair. Maybe that's why I went on to hate snakes and fear for my life when faced with them.

All I know is some lessons are painful to learn in life but I guess that's how we all grow up.

When my mother came to pick me up and asked how it went, I told her my tale and she looked at me a bit shocked and said "They fed the snakes while you were standing there?"

At least she didn't get mad because I got kicked out for screaming.....or when I told her I was going to try to save them before the owner rudely kicked me out! And that he was talking about some 'old lady'....I still couldn't figure out how he knew about my grandmother.

Funny Story About Mice and Men

I think to this day, I sympathize with mice all over the world.  I have yet to be frightened by a mouse in my entire life.  Even if I think about them being a rodent, I have only to think back on that day and remember seeing a whole 'herd' of mice wiped out.  I figure they are the downtrodden rodents and we must feel their pain maybe just a little bit.

On the other hand, to this day, I'm not a fan of snakes.  I do realize that it's all a cycle of course but I do think some things in life we are just better off not knowing or more importantly seeing! 

I'm sure the people in the pet store probably thought I was possessed and I suppose for a moment I was.....all I could think to do was try and save the poor mice but I think I might have been a bit too late!

I never did go back to the pet store and ever since that experience with mice and men, I simply avoid reptiles altogether.  At least the ones that are in aquariums!


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    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Okay Micky - I'm screaming again!!!! Couldn't they seriously do that like 'after hours'?

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      I saw the same thing yesterday at the mawl!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      BJ - Yes, I think it all started that day. Until then, I didn't believe that snakes were evil. Then one thing led to another as they often do with me and the rest is as we say history!

      Glad you enjoyed yet another romp down memory lane with the goofy little girl that I was!

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Don't know how I missed this one, Audrea, but happy I didn't find it before sitting down to a meal. Insert here one of your favorite comments, oy vey!

      What an horrific experience for you as a young girl! No wonder you are not fond of snakes to this day. You associate them as vile, venomous creatures who exist to devour sweet, cute, innocent mouses, er, mices, er mouse after mouse.

      A very funny story though as was your lack of association with mother = old lady. You haven't lost your touch, my friend. :)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      We all have our fears, Dim and far be it from little old me to mock you for your irrational fears...I can just imagine you running about with your skirt (I mean trousers) hoisted high shrieking and waving your broom.

      Seriously, now I know what to send you in the post for your next birthday.....a pet mouse!

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      I will let you into a secret Insane Person. I am terrified of mice. Imagine me having to get rid of one, with my trousers inside my socks, broom in one hand an shield in another. How stupid can a human being get? :-)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Now that's a very apt description of me, Wayne! I've been a firecracker it seems since the day I was born and I wonder where my Jonathan gets it, eh? Thanks for leaving such a cute comment and I shall try (this week maybe) to not be entirely combustible!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      What a hoot! Some days Audrey, you just remind me of a small little bottle of nitro glycerin. When that stuff is around no one is sure what is going to happen next! LOL! Funny write...thanks for sharing it! WB

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Seanorjohn - Thanks so much for stopping by and glad you can laugh along with is one of my passions I guess!

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      8 years ago

      Wow,what a great story. I too would have been terrified. Unfortunately because I have a phobia of mice. But I would also have been horrified at the snakes eating them. Guess I would have come away with a double phobia.

      Looks like I can enjoy a fair few of your funny stories.

      what an amazing collection. Voted up and funny.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      JAS - I think that is where it all started for me as now I have a real live PHOBIA of snakes. I just think that there are some things we probably shouldn't see! Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your story!

      Hanna - I'm sorry....they just happen. I will try and write some sad ones next! (Good luck with that she tells herself mentally)

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Audrey, I have told you not to write any funny stories at the moment. My poor stitches can't cope with it.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great story! Took me back to when I was young and went on a school trip to a tree farm in Quebec. They had a room with snakes in cages and we watched as the mice were fed to the snakes. I was not impressed. I have never cared much for snakes myself either and am quite terrified by them. Thanks for sharing.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Jaye - Exactly - couldn't he have done this another time at the very least? I know it's part of the cycle but not a good thing for a kid to see. I guess it taught me many things!

      Ken - You have that right - add that to the hissing rattler by my leg and that tore it!

      Laurel - OMG - That was a HORRID experience. I love monkeys but I can see how you would not after that little episode!!! You poor thing. Makes my story seem tame so to speak in comparison! I'm sorry about Freckles....

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Grizzly Flats, Ca

      There's a special place in my deep, dark soul where I absolutely LOATHE monkeys. Audrey, my story is much like yours-it happened in a pet shop.

      I was 12, and decided to buy a pet mouse from the local pet store. I took it home-Freckles was the name-and I was stunned when my mother told me I had to take Freckles back!

      Downtrodden and blue, I went again to the shop, and waited to speak with the manager about the return.

      This store was full of various cages housing different sorts of creatures-and THERE!-a really cool monkey! I decided to show the monkey my mouse...dear lord, if the simian beast didn't reach out, grab Freckles, and squeezed! I got mouse blood and guts all over my dress and wept hysterically.

      I STILL hate monkeys, and always will.

      Yikes, this comment is a tad lengthy, but I had to share after reading about your experience!

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      8 years ago

      I never knew that mice were fed to snakes in a pet store? or was this a case of mice error? finding a place to live in the wrong place:0)) I know snakes love mice and I have seen them swallow them whole. I think any child seeing that would let out a scream, I think the pet store owner needs a good shake or two to smarten him up. Fun hub Audrey, I can see why you fear snakes to this

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      Jaye Denman 

      8 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Pet stores (which perpetuate puppy mills by buying from them) are not a good place for ANYONE to go! And it's difficult to understand why the proprietor (or employee) couldn't have saved the "feeding session" until there was no one in the store. I don't think most people, children or adults, would like to watch that! Gruesome. I understand how you felt. Jaye

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Darski - Sorry about the laughing so hard and all that....yes, my life is a comedy unfolding but you gotta just laugh at all this stuff that makes no sense sometimes! Glad you liked my comment about the '''ssss'...I still can't even THINK about that picture! ARRRGH.....

      Katie - You are always so kind - and I do enjoy spreading my funny stories around. It helps me remember funny days and how precious it all is when it's so far behind us. All of it made me who I am I guess so you are right about the village!

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      Katie McMurray 

      8 years ago from Westerville

      Awesome oh the stories and experiences to share, pass along and spread the joy of laughter... Thanks for your light hearted and heart lifting funny stories the funny story of mice and men is a great one to share. It takes a village and thank you for enriching our village. Love and Peace :)

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      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      OMG I am laughing so hard I'm about to pee my pants...this is so funny, you made me laugh this hard when you wrote a comment on my snake hub...I feel the same way about mice & snakes, life cycles of the big fish eat the smaller fish, the big men eat the little man and on it goes. This is a great story, and I can see me doing the same thing, love you bunches, rate up cheers darski

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Crewman6 - Now if my BOB had been there - he would have dealt with them all and stood up for me without a doubt. And told the store owners they shouldn't be frightening little girls! Too bad I met him later in life!

      Alekhouse - I know - who knew - and who wants to watch that? Good lord!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Good story, Audrey. I had the same reaction when I saw my grandson feed mice to his snake. I didn't know snakes were so crazy about mice. Yuk.

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      8 years ago

      I agree. Darn snakes ought to eat veggies like I have to. And yes, that entire storeful of nonsympathetic people remind me a lot of the snakes that were being fed... cold and reptilian.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Prasetio - Glad I could give you a good laugh - I still think about the poor little mice I could not save!

      Petra - Thanks for stopping by - and I guess I have always been a fighter for the poor and defenseless. I was just so upset - I guess I figured they could feed the snakes tea and toast - why not??

      Sandy - I still think about the ones I didn't rescue!

      Crewman - Don't you THINK someone could have taken up for me? That was just the way my life went - in fact, I think it still does go that way sometimes. I'm always the gal with the cape on. I still think there should be a better way to feed reptiles but then I'm no expert!

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      8 years ago

      Top notch as always, but I have to admit I'm a little stunned nobody in the pet store empathized with you. I would have expected some sympathy, even as you were being escorted out!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Loved the story. I think I would have nightmares seeing a snack eat a defenseless mouse.

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      Petra Vlah 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      I can just see you Audrey jumpping up and down and screaming at the top of your lungs; what a scene! A lot a fun, my dear, too bad for the little mice...

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      You did it again, Audrey. I always enjoy your funny story. I just wonder, how you made this so entertaining? Thank you very much. I give my vote to you. Have a nice day. Take care!


    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      AngelikiCoconi - Thanks so much!

      Thanks, Pamela as always for stopping by.

      Steph....That is probably where all my snake phobias started and have become blown way out of proportion. I have never had a 'positive' experience with a snake!

      Nellie - I've never felt more sorry for a species except probably birds I guess - but mice - they have it tough! My daughter was married to a fellow the first time around that had 11 snakes - all in their own aquariums. I so LOVED to go to their place...I almost passed out every time. Then they decided to raise their own mice to feed to them. I was SOOOO upset. But my Kate got sick of it very quickly - not because she felt for the mice but because she couldn't stand them running around all night in the little wheel. Whatever it takes, I say!! Can't they like eat birdseed??

      Mega1 - Thanks so much for stopping by - and I use retarded tongue in cheek only referring to myself. My son is handicapped (visually impaired) and I'm always hearing about my politically incorrect use of certain words so I'm sorry - I did it again! I totally don't think anyone is retarded and should maybe just call myself life impaired!

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      8 years ago

      Funny? takes a whole community of good hearted people to raise the children - you little screamer you! Ha! :) :0 :P never mind, just in one of those moods. Your writing is getting better and better. retarded is not my favorite word, but otherwise, good story.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, I feel for you! lol it is the kind of thing that I would have done! how were you supposed to know that they were breakfast? I would have probably put my hand in and snatched the poor thing out! I used to keep mice when I was little, and I remember my cat getting hold of one, and because my cat was a bit simple, it just held it in it's mouth! but the poor little thing died of fright anyway! stupid cat! cheers nell

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Great story and I must say that I probably would have done the exact same thing as you! You must have been one brave girl to go back to the snake aquariums in the first place though. Snakes... ugh!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I loved this hub also. Rated up.

    • AngelikiCoconi profile image


      8 years ago from Edinburgh, UK

      love your stories!


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