It’s called Five Minute Friday. Each week, we write freely on a one-word prompt. Then we link up at the amazing Kate Motaung’s site. It’s a flash mob of writers- having fun and sharing their take on one word. This week’s prompt is FIND.


“Hey, Mom! Can we stop and get that cat?”

I slowed the van, alarmed by their tone and asked, “Why?”

“We just saw a sign back there about a lost black cat. It’s probably looking for its home. Please?! ”

Ugh. Seriously? 

“Um, I’ll tell you what. After we run this errand, we’ll drive back this way. If the cat’s still there, we’ll try and return it.”

Their silence shouted disapproval, but I kept driving. Please don’t let the cat still be there… So much to do…. 

On the way back, they reminded me to drive past the “cat neighborhood”. Sure enough, the kid who can never find lost library books or the ketchup in the refrigerator spotted the cat in someone’s yard. Traitor. 

We stopped, ran across the yard, and scooped up the cat. Then we did it all again after it jumped out of the van just as we were closing the door…

Finally, we had the cat in the front seat, covering my child’s lap. Small, thrilled arms wrapped around its fat body and the back seat giggled with glee.

My kids pointed the way back to where they saw the sign. Left. Right. Right. Just a little further…

Gee, this cat ran pretty far…

Finally, they spotted the sign. I pulled up close and took out my phone so we could enter the number. Then, we looked up to read: “Lost Black Kitten”


I looked over at the girth that was spilling over my front seat. This was no kitten. And we just stole somebody’s cat!

We started laughing. We laughed so hard we cried, and by the time we found our way back to the yard of the crime, our whole van was cracked up. Especially when the cat practically jumped out the window when we slowed in front of its home.

Sorry, kitty!

The morals of the story-

  1. Read signs carefully
  2. Some days, you’ll plan for errands, but end up stealing cats.
  3. Listen to your kids … you’ll always find your laugh.

16 thoughts on “Find

  1. Jeanne Takenaka August 20, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    Laughing with you, Karen. How often do I get caught up in the to-do’s of my day and forget to make time for those stealing black cat moments? Too often, I admit. Though my kids have never asked me to pull over for an animal, my son did bring home a newt this week and ask if he could keep it. We are now the proud parents (?) of a brown, hungry newt. 🙂

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  2. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser August 20, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    Oh, I liked this! It reminded me of the day we found Rapunzel.

    It was a snowy morning, and on the way to work (both Barbara and I worked at the same place at the time) we saw a pit bull wandering along the side of the road. Barb thought she had seen it before, that it was someone’s dog.

    FOn coming home, the dog was still there…looking cold and unhappy. Barb was driving. She stopped, I opened the door, and suddenly I had a lapful of squirming, face-licking pit bull. She was (and is) massive, low-slung, and blue-black.

    We had the vet check for a microchip – no luck. We looked for ‘lost dog’ fliers – nothing. (We did NOT advertise a found dog…you don’t DO that these days.)

    I wanted to call her Snowflake.

    Barb chose Rapunzel.

    As I write this, she is happily snoring in the living room. She’s everyone’s best friend.

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  3. Sandy Kippenberger August 20, 2015 / 10:46 pm

    Karen, that is so funny. I’m going to laugh myself to sleep. Boy do I need that! Sandy

    Sent from my iPhone😊


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  4. iwillbloom August 20, 2015 / 11:10 pm

    Oh my, Karen, this is *so* funny! Hilarious! [My laughter started from “the kid who can never find lost library books or the ketchup in the refrigerator”and lasted right the very way to the end (and way beyond)!]….LOVED it….thank you so, so much! Helen xxx

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  5. Tara August 20, 2015 / 11:18 pm

    This made me smile. I was laughing along with you. Good lessons were learned that day! I’m parked in the sweet 16 spot this week!

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  6. Debby August 21, 2015 / 7:07 am

    Love this story, Karen. Always nice to start the day with a smile. Thanks

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  7. hopeful50 August 21, 2015 / 11:13 am

    OMW, I am LOL – Love this story. You and your kids are CATNAPPERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is funny! Love it.

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  8. tammysincerity August 21, 2015 / 11:25 am

    what a delightful story! (And that poor kitty) I love that you’re teaching compassion so diligently. (even though the internal dialogue is much like my own task-oriented mommy one)
    Thank you for another excellent post!
    Tammy (linked up at #62 today…for good reason)

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  9. Mary Geisen August 21, 2015 / 4:13 pm

    This made me smile big today! I love how our kids talk us into things and the end product is a story that you will tell for years. Anytime you can find laughter, happiness, love and a cat is a good time, right??? Happy weekend!

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  10. heyjude6119 August 21, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    So glad you were able to get the cat back to the right place. My luck would have had me not being able to find it and creating a lot more trouble. This was funny stuff!

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  11. Ifeoma Samuel August 22, 2015 / 3:20 am

    This is very funny Karen.

    I can imagine the fun memories of the incident in the hearts of your kids.

    Glad reading this Karen.
    Blessings to you and your family.

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  12. Kate Motaung August 23, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    Oh my gosh, I laughed so hard. Even read it to my husband. SO FUNNY!


  13. Anita Ojeda August 23, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    Thanks for the great belly-laugh, Karen! Sign reading IS pretty important, isn’t it?! The whole sign, too ;).


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