WT 669 I took one for the team

What does that saying mean?

“I took one for the team.”

To me it’s about working as a team and using the strengths of each team member


stepping up when a team member needs help


doing something that needs to be done when another team member doesn’t want to do it.

Tick, tick, tick.

I took one for the team this week.

We had seen evidence that we had rodents in the house.


We put baits out. We set a trap.

The evidence seemed to stop.

No noises in the ceiling and no gifts on the architraves or window sills and no smell. Yet!

Ross showed me where there had been yukky little gifts left on the shelf in the garage.

As I stood surveying the area, I spotted it.

My stomach churned.

A dead rattus rattus on the garage floor. Erk!

Thank God it was in the garage and not in the walls.

“You have to get rid of it, Ross”, I demanded.

“Erk. No. Yuk”, said Ross, arms and legs flapping.

I left it a few hours.

“You’ve got to get rid of it Ross. It will stink. We can’t leave it there.”

Again, arms and legs flapping, face contorted.

“I’ll do it later”, he grimaced.

Later came. Still the rat was on the garage floor.

We had dinner guests arriving.

“I can’t get it now”, he said.

“Grrrrr! Well we have to get rid of it first thing in the morning”, I replied.

The sun came up.

“Come on Ross. I’ll help you. I’ll hold the bag. Get some gloves.”

Arms and legs flap again.

That’s when I realised I was going to have to be the one to pick it up and get rid of it.

Now my arms and legs were flapping.

I got the gloves.

I got the clip lock bags – 2 of them.

Ross got the garbage bag.

I picked it up by the tail, hoping to God, it wouldn’t break off.

I put it in the bags, gagging as I did so.

We didn’t know what to do with it, so we put it in the garbage.

No smell inside, but OMG the smell outside on garbage day.

Anyway, it’s gone.

The bin has been bleached.

The smell has gone and I took one for the team.

Sometimes you just have to step up and do what none of you want to do.

How about you? When was the last time you took one for the team or are you grateful that one of your team took one for you?

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