Mere Michel majolica toby jug produced by Fives-Lille circa 1910. C'est la Mere Michel is a French children's song from the 1800s that tells the tale of old Mother Michel who is searching for her lost cat.. Old Man Lustucru tells her he will return a cat for a reward. When Michel offers only a kiss Lustucru threatens to sell the cat. Poor Michel is holding her dress over her eyes crying for her lost cat who is quietly hiding beneath the hem of her dress. Her long pony tail forms the handle of the jug.