Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Cat's Meow

I'm having a headache day and so my brain isn't working creatively. When this email showed up in my box, I figured it was too good to not share, and if I didn't have a headache, it could have been written about my house. I even have a 10 year old cat named Jack, though he is alive and well, thank you. (Thanks to K for sharing it! And Ellen, of course.)

Ellen DeGeneres received this submission from one of her viewers in response to a contest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show:

"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 a mat in our bathroom.

Well, we have 3 kidsand 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 loves Chapstick. LOVES IT. He kept asking to use my Chapstick and then losing it. So finally one day I showed him where in the bathroom I keep 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 it 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 had searched everywhere and Ifinally 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 butts do look pretty chapped. And, frankly, Jack didn't seem to mind.

But 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 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."


blue thistle books said...

This is hilarious! I will certainly be laughing all night over this one and sending others to read it too!

Thanks Cathy!


Camflock said...

I am not sure what this means, but you are the 3rd friend this week to share this story with me. Do you all know something about my chapstick and my cat that I don't?


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