Tuesday, June 12, 2007

City Mouse

On Sunday afternoon's stroll to the coffee shop, Mom and I happened across a young girl taping a sign to the wall, while her mother waited. You know I have to check these things out:

Click to enlarge, and you'll see the sign asks you not to step on a baby mouse. Sure enough, there was a tiny little thing no larger than a cherry tomato tucked into the corner. C'mon, even if you're afraid of mice, you had to rally for this little cutie:

I've since discovered that the little girl's name was Isabella. While I took pictures, I told her mother that I'd e-mail the photos to her for a little souvenir of her life saving efforts. While Mama ran for a business card, Isabella gave her mouse a little rub on the head.

We thought the fun was over at that point, and Mom and I took our leave. When we strolled back by, though, there was a crowd. People were absolutely delighted with the mouse and the sign.

This little one offered up a bite of cookie:

Mom and I milled about for about 20 minutes, finishing our drinks and watching the crowd wane and grow again, everyone cooing and smiling. I couldn't help but wonder about how one very observant and very caring little girl managed to put a smile on what would had to have been more than 100 faces that afternoon.

I e-mailed the photos to her mother, and got back a thankful email the next day. It read, in part,
I am grateful that you were there with your camera, now she will know that what she did mattered. God always puts angels in our lives, I believe sometimes we are just too busy to notice.
Funny. I had been thinking the same thing.


  1. That's like - a hundred percent great. Pictures and all. It's funny how fickle people are. If that were an adult mouse somebody would have been chasing it with a broom.

  2. How sweet ... and she is so little.

    How many people would have walked past and never noticed?That mouse was just her eye level.

    Indeed ... you two are angels that paid it forward.

  3. I'm speechless at the beauty you helped me witness.

  4. That is the sweetest thing I've read all year, and your pix are lovely, especially the one of Isabella checkin' out her mouse.

  5. Hey, Sammy, check this out! Lunch!

  6. Too bad you couldn't have gotten a picture of a cat looking at the sign...

  7. Addendum: My initial blog didn't make it very clear that the baby at the bottom is not Isabella, who was approximately 10 years old. I've revised it a tad.

    Susan: True, when we left, my mother wondered the same thing.

    Nancy: I think most have walked by; the mouse was camoflauged by the gray wall behind.

    CB: Aww. Thanks.

    Larry: Those pictures took themselves, that mousy worked the camera!

    Dogbait: Sammy shouldn't bother; a mouse the size of a grape will only make him hungrier!

    BuffaloDD: Obviously the cat would have read the sign, and then run off to find more food for the mouse.

  8. I wonder what happened to the mouse...

  9. Sniff sniff. That's so sweet!

  10. I love it! The little mousey is sooo cute! Hope she can stay there safely for years to come...

  11. That is one of the sweetest things I have ever seen. I LOVE it.

  12. Oh, that is so wonderful. I swear, I'm going to start wearing my camera around my neck. Poo poo on people who think I'm nuts.

  13. AWWWW....NICE reading & viewing! Thanks!


  14. this post made my day...this was wonderful!!

  15. Awwww. Cute. I'm ashamed of my surprise that no one came along and stomp the mouse just to be contrary. Apparently I lack some faith in human nature. Or perhaps I know it too well. Speaking of surpressed laughter...
    My ex and I went to her grandmother's funeral. She was 102. The grandma I mean. So her name was Florenceand that's what everyone called her. The young and inexperienced preist insisted on calling her "Flo" throughout the long and thoroughly inappropriate eulogy. This cracked the ex up so there she is pretending to be crying while she's laughing and I'm trying to keep a straight face and elbow her into stopping. What fun. Yeesh.

  16. Okay..I want really planning on getting choked up today. Isn't it amazing what can bring people together,

  17. Anonymous10:25 PM

    Hmm, that snout looks more like a gopher than a mouse to me.

  18. Nice story!

    Sometimes all it takes is one person to make a difference, however small. And being in the right place at the right time.

    Thanks for sharin.

  19. Wow.. this is such a sweet story and great photos :)


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