The Mouse And The Milk

One day in the barn, some mice were running along a beam when it broke and all the mice fell into a churn of milk.

The mice began to swim around and around but after a while some of them  got tired and stopped swimming. "don't give up" squeaked one little mouse."keep swimming"  But the other mice didn't listen,  stopped swimming and drown in the milk

The commotion caught the attention of the other animals in the barn and they gathered around the top of the urn.

"You'll never make it, Give it up, it's impossible" they all yelled down at him. But the little mouse kept kicking his little arms and legs furiously. After a while the other animals got bored of watching and went about their usual day, sleeping, sitting around doing nothing and gossipping. They enjoyed telling each other how the little mouse would never make it.

Meanwhile the mouses little friend looked into the urn and saw his friend swimming around and around

"That's it, keep swimming, keep it up, you can do it, I believe in you"

Encouraged by his friends words, the little mouse began to kick even more, he kicked and swam, and kicked, and waved his arms and kicked some more.

Then an amazing thing happened. The little mouse swam and kicked and waved so hard, that he turned that milk into butter. Once the butter was thick enough the little mouse climbed up and out of the churn and walked away with his friend. Much to the surprise of the other animals.

The moral? Well I am sure you figured that out for yourself.

Many people will (and probably have) told you to "give up, it wont work, don't make waves,  go with the flow " etc.  But if you want to be successful, If you REALLY want what you say you want, then you need to be like the little mouse and never give up, no matter what the other animals in the barn tell you.

Has anyone ever told you to just give it up? What did you do? How did you react? Was it a friend? family member? And if so, what would you say to someone who might be dealing with this right now?


Do Kids Need Recess and Exercise?


If you have never heard the Cat Stevens song titled “Where do the children play” check it out on You tube. It’s a great song. However, that’s not what I am wondering. Perhaps I should have titled this “Why don’t the children play” Because that is really what I am wondering.

Children no longer go outside to play, Kids have “play dates” the parent gets to choose who little Blake gets to socialize with and make the appropriate arrangements, Gone are the days of hide and go seek, kick the can and tag with all the local kids. But kids can still sink a basketball or score a home run in front of the tv using the Wii remote, so I guess it’s OK!

Schools dropped “recess or as we used to call in in England “Playtime” My lunchtime lasted 90 minutes. Now they get 20 minutes at 10 30 am to eat a chicken nugget and fries lunch . I guess “the powers that be” must think that socializing, stretching the body, running, playing, laughing, talking, solving disputes with friends, kicking or catching a ball, or simply relaxing are just not that important.

Of course they still have PE in schools! Well what I mean to say is that they still have PE teachers who take the 50 or so kids they have in each class  into the gym to do jumping jacks and run on the spot.

So as the nation faces an overwhelming number of overweight children and children with diabetes, and even heart problems, And as we continue to invest millions into endless studies and “Think Tanks” on how to fix this ever growing problem, I have to wonder if perhaps this problem might be fixed by simply getting the kids playing outside again.

What do you think? Should the schools do more to help our children be more physically active? Should recess be reinstated? I think it should, If you agree then get involved. Call your congressman and or state representative, call the school board, GET ACTIVE! your kids will follow in your footsteps and get active too