Friday, May 11, 2007

A great Mother's Day story

My daughter-in-law-to-be sent me this story recently and I thought it was a hoot, so I'm posting it. She doesn't know who wrote it, nor do I, but I have a terrible cold today and it helps to laugh.

A Great Mother's Day Story

We had this great 10-year old cat named Jack who
recently died. Jack was a great cat; the kids would
carry him around and sit on him, and nothing ever
bothered him. He used to hang out and nap all day
long on a mat in our bathroom. We have three kids
and at the time of this story they were 4, 3 and 1.

Our middle child is Eli. Eli loves
Chapstick. LOVES it. He kept asking to use my
Chapstick and would then lose it. So one day I
showed him where in the bathroom I kept my Chapstick
and how he could use it whenever he wanted to, but
he needed to put it right back in the drawer when he
was done.

Last year on Mother's Day we were having
the typical rush trying to get ready for church with
everyone crying and carrying on. My two boys were
fighting over the toy in the cereal box. I was
trying to nurse my little one at the same time I was
putting on my make-up. Everything was a mess and
everyone had long forgotten that this was a
wonderful day to honor me and the amazing job that
is motherhood.

So we finally had our oldest child
and the baby loaded in the car and I was looking for
Eli. I had searched everywhere when I finally round
the corner to go into the bathroom. And there was
Eli. Applying my Chapstick VERY carefully

Eli looked right into my
eyes and said "chapped." Now if you have a cat, you
know that he was right -- their little butts do look
pretty chapped. And, frankly, Jack didn't seem to
mind. The only question to really ask at that point
was whether it was the first time Eli had done that
to the cat's behind, or the hundredth?

And that is
my favorite Mother's Day moment ever because it
reminds me that no matter how hard we try to
civilize these glorious little creatures, there will
always be that day when you realize they've been
using your Chapstick on the cat's butt.


Ms. Theologian said...

Oh, that's brilliantly gross!

meg said...

Fabulous blog! I love the story and hope you don't mind if I borrow it for Mother's Day.
Thanks for the laugh!

Anonymous said...

OOps, didn't realize I was logged on under my daughter's password...
Again, I love your blog and I'll be back!
Thanks so much, Sara

Joel said...

Wahoo! I've got to plagiar... er... pass that on!

ms. kitty said...

I agree, it's a great story and a great metaphor for life with kids!

Chalicechick said...



ms. kitty said...

Yahbut, it cheered you up, right, CC?

Earthbound Spirit said...

I'm passing this one on, via link, to my women's group. Mostly mothers, they'll love it.

Christina Martin said...

Oh, thank you, THANK YOU!
It's so good to be reminded that other people have... what I think from now on I may always think of as "Chapstick moments."