An Innovative Use for Chapstick

To follow up with yesterday’s news flash about the expiring chapstick, I thought I’d share a story that my sister-in-law, Kristi, emailed to me several months ago. I have no idea who wrote it, but it’s worth a read. It’s called “The Greatest Mother’s Day Story Ever,” and I believe it pretty much lives up to the billing. Here goes…

So, we had this great 10 year old cat named Jack who just recently died. Jack was a great cat and 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 this mat in our bathroom.

We had 3 kids and at the time of this story they were 4 years old, 3 years old and 1 year old. The middle one is Eli. Eli really loved chapstick. LOVED it. He kept asking to use my chapstick and then losing it. So finally 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 around 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.

We finally had the older one and the baby loaded in the car and I was looking for Eli. I searched everywhere and I finally rounded the corner to go into the bathroom. And there was Eli. He was applying my chapstick. . . very carefully to Jack's . . . rear end. Eli looked right into my eyes and said "chapped." Now if you have a cat, you know that he is right -- their little bottoms do look pretty chapped. And, frankly, Jack didn't seem to mind.

And the only question to 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 us 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.

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Published in: on September 11, 2007 at 7:04 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Oh man, that sounds JUST about right…..Ugh….

  2. Hehehe…sounds like maybe you’ve got a couple little ones yourself!


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