TWT: A Tale of Two Mice

Once upon a time [nearly 17 years ago] a daddy, a mommy, and a baby traveled to Italy for the week. They left 2 big brothers with another family because, well, it was easier. The baby had to come along because he was breastfed. This wee family unit stayed in an equally wee military motel room in Pisa, and they took day trips to interesting places like Lucca and Florence and Rome. While they were off having fun, an Italian mouse took up residence in one of their suitcases. The mommy discovered tiny bits of chewed up plastic from the cup of cheerios she had brought for the baby, which she promptly dropped in her haste to get away from the probable rodent. (The plastic cup, people — she dropped the no-longer-sealed cup of cheerios; she kept a good grip on the baby!)  She then locked herself and the baby in the wee bathroom until the daddy deposited the live Italian mouse back outside into the Italian countryside where it belonged.

The daddy may have mocked her fear by pointing out that a) mice can’t use doorknobs so locking the bathroom door was unnecessary, and b) there was plenty of space under the door for the mouse to enter. The mommy refused the logic of his first point and shrieked loudly at his second point.  This event continues to be brought up in discussion in the form of the phrase Italian suitcase. 

Mommy and baby -- picture taken mere minutes before discovering the Italian mouse in their suitcase

Mommy and baby — picture taken mere minutes before discovering the Italian mouse in their suitcase

Not so very long ago [about 10 days ago] the household cat and the youngest boy, age 13, were playing in the rec room behind the garage when they spotted a mouse. The boy and the cat were equally excited. The mouse skeedattled. At bedtime, the cat was deposited into the rec room and left to take care of business; in the morning she was sleeping on a bed with the older teen [baby in above photo] and the mouse’s head was discovered on the rec room floor.  We can only assume that the rest of the mouse has been properly digested and dealt with… I know for a fact that SuperDad dealt with the remains.

Sorry if that skeeves you out, too — but fact is fact!

Unfortunately, the story does not end there.
On July 4th, I suddenly realized it was a holiday fer-cryin’-out-loud! and went to the garage to get a few decorations so I didn’t look like a unpatriotic Scrooge.* I opened the drawer stuffed full of Red, White, and Blue decor and grabbed a handful of… stuffing. What is this shredded stuff?!?  Oh, crap. Literally. Mouse turds and mouse pee.

The sound of my shrieks and the immediate presence of my person in the main part of the house was enough to get the attention of the rest of the family. SuperDad to the rescue again, as he cleaned out the drawer. He assures me that there is no longer any mice — that the mouse was an independent sort of creature. Why don’t I believe him?

This is one thing that will never change:

I. Hate. Mice.

We did put up a few decorations on the afternoon of July 4th.  They might just stay up for a while now. I’m still freaked out about entering that part of the garage.

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*Hey, I was working on Tuesday and Wednesday and I can barely even think after work.

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Time Warp Tuesday is brought to you by Jenn at Juggling Life. Visit here to see the other participants and their photos.

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12 thoughts on “TWT: A Tale of Two Mice

  1. At least you have a cat who got down to business. That’s something, anyway.
    “Italian suitcase!” I can bet you were freaking out.

  2. This past winter, i woke up in the middle of the night (in bed, mind you) with a mouse playing in my hair it ran up the head board caught the window curtain and then ran down into my closet. ! It took Peter about 1/2 hour to corner and kill it. it was the only way he could catch it. thus, the story from someone, until then, had prided herself of always keeping a clean and tidy house, in the country. If my visitor was a city mouse, it did not get a very friendly country welcome as I’m sure it had anticipated….Such is life!

  3. Nooooooooo!

    What is it with all the mice lately? Maybe they’re going on vacation … vacations to our homes.

    I do love the shorthand we get with those closest to us. “Italian suitcase” says so much in just two words!

  4. That’s too much mouse history for you. I hope it’s the end of that chapter. Keep that cat around!

    We were “invaded” about 13 years ago. The tearing down of woods for new construction in our neighborhood sent the mice out looking for new residences. They found us while we were on vacation. It was disgusting, but I’m over it. 🙂

    Best wishes to you in getting over it. 🙂

  5. As I prepare my house for sale, I’ve been through every inch of my garage and can tell that some rodents have also. Not my favourite discovery but a fact of life. I feel for you.

  6. Ugh. I found a rodent nest in our coat closet once, made almost entirely from uncooked egg noodles that it had apparently foraged from our pantry. I’m shuddering just typing about it.

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