I awoke this morning to screaming coming from downstairs. Disoriented, I tried to go back to sleep. When the shrieking continued, I sprang to my feet, thinking as I ran to the top of the stairs... "That sounds like Erin and Alexis. They're screaming. This is NY. I bet they're being murdered!"
I yelled downstairs, "What's all that ruckus?"
Erin yelled back, "Don't come down here, Ang! It's not safe!"
I said, "What's going on?"
"A mouse, it's a mouse, maybe it's two mice! I don't know... aaaaaah!" That was Alexis.
So I began to walk down the stairs, but was again stopped... "The mouse was on the stairs, don't come in here!" "Help! Save me!" etc.etc.
Not knowing the size or location of the aforementioned mouse, I exited our apartment, took the elevator to the ground floor, and met the girls at our living room door. Erin was holding the vacuum cleaner extension so she could, I don't know, beat the mouse to death. Alexis continued to flail and gag.
We could hear the critter pacing up and down the radiator pipe thingy... so, I gingerly crept over to it with a small cardboard box in hand...
He was the tiniest, cutest little mouse ever. I wanted to dress him up in little mouse outfits and carry him around in my pocket. With a rolled up piece of paper, I scooted the little guy out of the radiator area and with a little help from Erin's vacuum attachment, we herded him into the box. He was so teensy and scared, huddled in one corner of the box. I wanted to keep him... I was going to run right out and buy him a little plastic home...
Then Erin pretty much reminded me that mice in Manhattan become cat-size, NArSTY rats! I argued momentarily that if he never met bad rats, he would always be a sweet little mousy guy. But neither roomie bought into that. So, in our pjs, Alexis and I let him go in a bush outside. Yes, he's probably already on his way back into our apartment right now. But we couldn't kill him!!!
Quote for the day:
“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.”
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