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?! ”
“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.
The morals of the story-
- Read signs carefully
- Some days, you’ll plan for errands, but end up stealing cats.
- Listen to your kids … you’ll always find your laugh.