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For Mother's Day... 
May 6, 2011 7:47 pm 
Updated: May 11, 2011 7:31 pm
I received the following story in an email, and it was just too darn good not to share it with all of you!!!

We had this great 15 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 the mat in our bathroom.

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 loved Chapstick. LOVED it.

He kept asking to use my Chapstick and then losing it.

Finally one day I showed him where in the bathroom that I kept my Chapstick

and explained he could use it whenever he wanted to but he needed to put it

right back in the drawer after he finished because I used it sometimes several times a day.

That year, on Mother's Day, we were having the typical rush around to 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 go into the bathroom.

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.

May 6, 2011 7:59 pm
Thanks for the laugh, so very cute.
May 6, 2011 8:37 pm
So hilarious! Thanks for the giggle!!
May 6, 2011 8:42 pm
So, you've met my son!
May 6, 2011 9:14 pm
LOL!!! I will never look at chapstick the same way again!! Thanks for the laugh!
May 7, 2011 3:17 am
Petey this was a great story! It just brought back so many memories of when my kids were small! Now my grandkids are making me laugh! :)
May 7, 2011 3:28 am
Oh, my gosh - I am sitting here at 6:00 a.m. trying HARD to not laugh out loud, with tears in my eyes, so as to not wake up the rest of the Household!! This is absolutely too funny, and VERY probable!! I have to print this off and share it tomorrow! Thanks.
May 7, 2011 5:30 am
That is so funny and cute, even if it has a lot of the "eeewww" factor. God love our kids!!!
May 7, 2011 5:51 am
LOL, if we only knew all the stuff kids get up to!
May 7, 2011 6:42 am
It's so nice to start the day off with a gut wrenching laugh. Can totally relate having three kids and five cats! Note to self: must hide chapstick.
May 7, 2011 7:32 am
Happy Mother's Day Petey. Thanks for the laugh.
May 7, 2011 7:53 am
No, Candice, I'm afraid she met MY son! And as moms, we all know that this is a TRUE story!!
May 7, 2011 9:01 am
Oh how very cute!! Anyone with children can totally relate to this!I love it, Happy Mothers Day to all!
May 7, 2011 9:36 am
Thank you Petey for sharing this - - it made my day (again) - - I wonder if it was the "minty fresh" type of chapstick and Jack became a little more inviting to the other cats in the neighborhood? LOL
May 7, 2011 9:41 am
And - BTY - - I'm also copying it to share at church tomorrow - - Happy Mother's Day everyone!!
Grandma Terri 
May 7, 2011 1:47 pm
Priceless!! Every mommy has a story like that!! Thanks for sharing!
May 7, 2011 2:31 pm
Oh my gosh! That is hilarious! I have tears in my eyes! Thank you for sharing!
May 7, 2011 3:41 pm
Very funny, Petey, Thank you for sharing. Happy Mothers Day to you!
May 7, 2011 4:26 pm
Very funny, just shared with the DH. Happy Mother's Day to you!
May 7, 2011 6:13 pm
Back again, and now I can roar out loud as much as I want, because everyone else is gone chasing a wandering calf! I've sent this treasure to several "moms", including the pastor's wife who has 5 adult kids and more grandkids than I can count! Thanks for the perfect mother's day story!
May 7, 2011 7:19 pm
ok - I've come back and read it again too and laughed some more - - now I'm copying it to share at work, church, and e-mailing it across the board - - too too funny!
May 7, 2011 7:29 pm
Ah how sweet a story. I'm having a rough Mother's day weekend cause someone shot my favorite cat. He has survived surgery but I can't see him ever letting anyone put chapstick anywhere on his person for any any reason :)Chapped or not!
May 7, 2011 8:10 pm
Maybe he should, Cathill..then he can tell that person to kiss his...
May 8, 2011 10:16 am
Chapped lips
May 8, 2011 5:00 pm
Thanks for sharing, Petey. That is just too funny!
May 9, 2011 9:50 am
Love this story!
May 9, 2011 10:37 am
:D absolutely hysterical... :) Thanks!
May 9, 2011 12:37 pm
Now that is hilarious! Thank you for sharing. :)
May 10, 2011 2:14 am
itss tooo much funnyyy lolol0
May 10, 2011 7:13 am
I just laughed for a good five minutes, thank you for sharing!
May 10, 2011 11:22 am
LOL. Too cute!
May 10, 2011 9:53 pm
May 11, 2011 7:31 pm
Hilarious! You can't make this stuff up - thanks for sharing and a belated Happy Mother's Day to you.
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