The mousetrap. Story to explain terrorism to children
The mousetrap is a short story for children written by Marisa Alonso Santamaría. A new story that helps us explain terrorism to children. And there are circumstances that are so complicated to transmit to children that, sometimes, it is easier to resort to fictional stories and stories. This is a st
The mousetrap is a short story for children written by Marisa Alonso Santamaría. A new story that helps us explain terrorism to children. And there are circumstances that are so complicated to transmit to children that, sometimes, it is easier to resort to fictional stories and stories.
This is a story that raises, with a cat and mice as protagonists, a situation similar to that lived by the victims of terrorism. So they can understand how those who suffer these atrocious attacks feel.
Story that explains terrorism to children
Everyone agreed that the mousetrap was a quiet and safe place. There the mice were very happy and all the inhabitants had a big smile drawn on their faces.
The mice played, walked, ate, took great naps and took care of the smallest mice without anything altering their lives.
One day, an evil cat appeared around and something happened that changed their lives unexpectedly. Without any reason he began to attack them cruelly.
- Miserable rodents! - the cat meowed full of hatred with a thunderous voice and, began to claw right and left sinister to the mice that were in its way.
The mice ran terrified in all directions without knowing where to escape.
- Miaaaaauuuuuu! - the evil cat meowed again scaring a lot of little mice at his side.
- I'll make you get my whiskers shine - he said very loudly so everyone would hear what he was saying.
- Soon I will finish with all of you, all of you! - You will never forget me! - He said dragging the words as he hit two mice with his strong tail. Como And as he arrived, with a stealthy leap he left.
The mice hidden among the stones in small caves and covered with the fallen leaves of the trees did not dare to leave
; even though it seemed that the cat had long since left.At dawn, little by little, the mice poked their heads out shivering in fear and looked at each other very scared without understanding anything. Then they saw the damage that the cat had done in the mousetrap and, most sadly, to his dead or wounded rodent friends. All turned to help the needy and take care of the smallest mice.
While they were burying the dead, taking care of the wounded and fixing their houses, the silence was sepulchral.
Where did that terrifying cat come from? Why did he attack them in such a cruel way? Would he do it again?
Over time normality returned to the mousetrap. New mice were born, they went back for a walk, to play, to sleep; but the terrible event was recorded in their heads and in their hearts and they were never the same as before.
The mice learned to value more the life they had ; nevertheless, what they never managed to understand was the reason for that atrocious attack perpetrated by someone malevolent, full of hate and without mercy, that had caused so much damage.