You Do You, Mouse
About a month ago we had the opportunity to buy a home down the street from us that was a real fixer upper (in Denver that means kind-of-affordable). This house made perfect sense for my mother in law (MIL) because she lives in Denver and we and our kiddos want her close by. Not to mention her current house has the longest stretch of sidewalk in the world and my back could not handle any more snow shoveling.
I know what you are thinking… nice use of sarcasm there about the sidewalk. Let me tell you, she has sidewalks on three sides of her house AND she lives next to a school which means we get a ticket from the city if the sidewalks are not clear. In the 4-years she has lived there, I missed one storm - ONE STORM - and we got a ticket.
Back to the fixer upper. We had one month to give it a total interior makeover and move my MIL in. We have made such awesome progress and the house looks more and more like my MIL each day. So much fun to see it all happening. Today, I was telling my sister about our progress and about the ~17 mice we found dead in the walls (don’t worry future guests, we cleaned it out REALLY well). So my sister says, “I am not a mouse, but why would they go inside the house to die.”
Of all the questions we have been asked about the house, the decision making profile of the dead mice has not been one of them. So I answered, “No clue, you do you, mouse.”
But, why would a mouse die inside? It’s warm, safe and plenty of crumbs. I can tell you why, because safe is boring and boredom leads to complacency and complacency leads to idleness and we are not meant for any of that. If you were a mouse and could sneak into every Red Rocks concert, every chocolate moose tracks ice cream box, any convertible drive to Hana and have coffee on any patio overlooking whatever you want would you aim for boredom? Doubt it. So next time you see a mouse scurrying around Red Rocks to watch Widespread Panic for three days, give it some space.
Just watch out for hawks. Here is to great stories and living outside,