As my alarm goes off, I struggle to find my phone on the night table. I reach with my eyes closed and manage to press “snooze”. Next, I gently search for you . . . my chapstick.
With the lights off and my brain still recovering from a deep sleep I find you. You’re there, standing straight up and ready to start your day.
Good morning chapstick.
You make getting up easier, my lips are now soft, unlike when I woke up; all dry and sad.
I lift you up and I carry you to my bathroom. You stand tall there like a warrior, ready to start your day with me. I lift you up at least 6 times while I get ready for the day; your presence brings a smile to my heart.
Time to go downstairs. Do not worry my precious lip warrior. I will not forget you. Into my pocket you go. As I get the kids ready, my lunch packed and my coffee brewed, I turn to you in these stressful times. At least ten more times you soothe me in my morning of hurry.
Everyone is ready, it is time to go to work. I put you back in my pocket and another one of your kind in my purse – to be reunited with your chapstick friend that lives in my car.
Off we go to take on the day. Thank you chapstick(s), for the pleasant ride to work. A ride where I don’t have to worry about dry lips. You are my companion.
We get to work. I’m sorry we have to leave your friend in the car; don’t worry. He will be safe … and don’t forget, there is another of your kind in the classroom, in my desk drawer. You will see each other soon.
Throughout the day, I pick you up and you never disappoint. Sometimes gloss comes before, and sometimes after, but you, my precious warrior, will never be forgotten.
Finally the bell rings, and I know I need to make sure you will not be left behind. It’s okay, you will see your drawer chapstick friend tomorrow. Say ” see you soon “, not
“goodbye”; for tomorrow we will all be together again.
The rest of the night is lovely. I get to hold you in my pocket wherever I may go. Don’t worry, I will always choose the pyjama pants that have a pocket so you never stray far from me. Thank you for wetting my whistle after a nice dinner or a glass of wine. Thank you for soothing me when the kids are cranky. It’s you and me, my precious warrior.
As night falls and I am ready to get into bed. I look at you. I put you on. Then, I take a long sip of water from my nightstand. OH NO! The water has washed some of you away. Don’t worry, I re-apply. Then, I softly set you down to stand tall like a warrior for the night.
Goodnight my dear friend. You did well today; and of course, I will see you tomorrow.