Monday, May 12, 2008

Everyday Miracle

In 2001 we moved to a tiny town in Southern Utah. It was just outside Zion National Park, which means the the scenery was beautiful, and the town was full of the kindest people a person could hope to meet. I, however, was miserable everyday of the year and a half that we lived there because we had mice. No amount of traps and cats could keep up with the mouse population in that house. I was never able to get used to it. One day when I found Mr. Smith looking at a job posting with his former (and now current) employer, I burst into tears at the thought that we could move out of the mouse house.

Fast forward to 2006. When we told our friends and family that we were moving to India, almost everyone mentioned rats. Apparently the two are permanently linked in the minds of Americans. After being here just over 15 months, I have to say, there might be a reason for that.

One day, a few weeks into our stay, I was on the phone with Mr. Smith and suddenly he dropped the phone and was making sounds of distress. Next I heard him saying, "Did you see what just ran through here? It was this big! Did you see it?" Mr. Smith explained to me that a large rat had run by his office door, but the truly disturbing part was that nobody cared. Evidently this was an everyday occurrence for the people in the office. That did not bode well for me.

Since then rat sightings have become a normal occurrence. In the cafeteria at work, near the food stands that line the markets, out on the street, they are everywhere. Yet I have not seen a single one. Not one. In my book, everyday that I don't see a rat is a miracle. Knowing that we have promised to stay at least three years, perhaps a Benevolent Being has blinded me to those particularly nasty things. The day I actually see one of them, we may have to begin contract renegotiations!

A few days ago I signed into my email and found that Mr. Smith had sent me a message. I opened it, eager to read what sweet, mushy note he had sent. Instead I found a picture of a little trophy left outside our gate that morning by our unofficially adopted stray dog.

I think Mr. Smith wears a size 12 shoe.

13 comments:

TheMama said...

I will never complain about ants in the kitchen again!

Holy cupcakes!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Oh, dear Lord, I am going to be sick.

Mr. Smith's Brother said...

Reminds me of a great many of my colleagues.

Alisa said...

Oh Wow ! It's so huge! I do not blame you one bit! We had a mouse in the storage room exactly 1 week until we caught it in the trap and I had a hard time sleeping or going into that storage room. I felt 100% better when I knew it was gone.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

another Indian-living-in-the-US commenting - the rat in the pic is a "bandicoot" - they very rarely come indoors - they frequent drains (sewers) and are thus targets for stray dogs quite often.

Mice infestations in houses tend to be tiny harvest mice - and are fairly rare as well - growing up I can remember having mice in the house exactly twice, and both times our cats got the mice very quickly. I wouldn't worry :-D

-M

Mrs. Smith said...

M

Welcome and thanks for the info and the comforting words. You had cats? I swear I have seen exactly one cat in the year we have lived here. What's up with that?

Toni said...

Ugh! Ugh! Ugh! Oh! Oh! Oh!

Okay, I will not complain about my ongoing, little mouse problem.

Where did the cats go? I think we have evidence of what might have eaten them in that picture.

I will keep praying that the rats stay away from your house for 18 more months (18 months, right?)

Aaron V. said...

Wait a second... you've got to be kidding me! Are you sure that isn't a cat? It looks as big as one! YIKES!!!

Sue said...

GACK! ACK! GAH! BLERG!

(P.S. You are right, that is how the rest of the song went. Ayeeeeee!)

Jill said...

Oh my!
Are you sure that isn't a small dog?

Rachel said...

We used to have a small mouse(about the size of Mr. Smith's big toe) in our first home. We named him Jonesy. Though, I am not sure we would thought of him as such a novelty had he been accompanied by friends or feasted on miracle grow as yours apparently do.

Seiperts in India said...

mpyssRats, garbage, lice....I love India, I love India, I love India.....

Norie said...

Amazing! How clever to include a foot, Mr Smith's foot, in the photo as a size guide.

Dear dog!