A dear friend sent me this. I had to share because the whole thing made me laugh.
Happy Mothers' Day!!
The Ellen Show was on and she read this submission to a contest
from a viewer:
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.
Well, we have 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 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
and try to get ready for Church with everyone crying and carrying on. My two
boys are fighting over the toy in the cereal box. I am trying to nurse my
little one at the same time I am putting on my make-up. Everything is a
mess and everyone has long forgotten that this is a wonderful day to
honor me and the amazing job that is motherhood.
We finally have the older one and the baby loaded in the car and I
am looking for Eli. I have searched everywhere and I finally round 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. And 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.