Monday, September 27, 2010

I Have to Draw the Line Somewhere

Okay, so Friday night I took the folding chairs out of the garage. I opened one up to sit on it, and Oh. My. God.

Inside were four tiny newborn mice! (Maybe five... I didn't stick around long enough to get a good count)

I ran off screaming.

My kids stared in complete fascination. They tried to guess how old the mice were. A few days? A few hours? Their eyes were not even open yet.

We discussed what to do with the babies.

I was not about to go anywhere near the little guys, so we waited for David to come home and we agreed that he would fold the chair back up and put it exactly where we had found it.

Yup. Dumb and dumber here. We're supposed to get mice out of our homes, not bring them in.

But I was worried the mom wouldn't be able to find her babies to nurse them.

I may be a plant murderer. But I cannot have a whole family of mammals on my conscience.

20 comments:

Little Ms J said...

Ok, but here's a question for you. When they're in your walls and pooping everywhere will you set mouse traps? Granted, I'd likely have done the same thing.

Rebecca said...

Too funny! My hubby would have probably tossed them into the gutter. I couldn't kill babies, though. Not even mouse babies.

Susan R. Mills said...

EEEEEWWWWW GROOOOSSSS! No way! I once found a nest of newborn mice in a trashcan in my garage and I carried the dang thing across the street and dumped them in the ditch. You are a better person than I am. That's all I have to say.

Melissa said...

At least you didn't step on a dead mouse that your cat had left on the back deck like I did the other day. Talk about running away screaming!!

I think I would have done the same thing as you - fold the chair back up and let mama mouse deal with it. They're babies, after all. ;-)

Tiffany Strelitz Haber said...

this would only happen to you!!!! i love it!!!

Heidi Willis said...

I totally agree with Jeannette. I absolutely couldn't kill babies, especially without their mother, who'd come home all worried and full of milk; but the second those things are in my house crawling around looking for food...SNAP!

Oh the inhumanity of it all...

Susanne Drazic said...

I hope they don't wind up in your house. If it was me, it would give me the willeys to know they were there.

Tess said...

haha...this had me cracking up. Sorry for the shock, but I think you did the right thing. Or, at least, what I would have done. Let the hubby take care of the dirty work once the kiddos are all tucked in. Then no one is all upset.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Oh, Corey! I don't know what I would have done...Screamed for sure...I don't think I could hurt them either, but I don't think I could ever go in the garage again...or sleep...(I hope I'm not freaking you out!)

Michelle McLean said...

Oh I would have done the same thing for sure. Now spiders and all bets would be off. Babies or not those suckers would have gotten torched. But baby mice I wouldn't have been able to kill.

T. Anne said...

Yuck! And BTW, you're much nicer than I am!!

Kim said...

Oh wow! I think I would have been too freaked out to move the chair back. I would have ran! Maybe the bear will come back and rescue them.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

ahhh - a flashback to my rat story - thanks for the momories :)

Hardygirl said...

EEeekk!! We found a dead, mummified mouse skeleton with little tufts of fur in a box of Halloween decorations last year.

Nope--although I was tempted, I did not use him as part of our decor.

sf

Solvang Sherrie said...

Too funny! We have a cat, so he would have had his own solution to the mouse problem :)

Stephanie Faris said...

Eeek! I can understand...I think I probably would take that chair outside, though. Leave it in the back yard or something. Those cute baby mice will grow up to be big mama mice of their own...

Travis Erwin said...

Softie.

Valerie Ipson said...

I think I would immediately develop a phobia of sitting down on anything that came from the garage! YIKES!

Kelly H-Y said...

Oh my goodness ... you are too funny!

whatieatiam said...

LOL! I have to follow your posts now that I've read this.