Names have been changed to protect the innocent...and my husband...and me...but not the dog. His name is Dexter.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lucy

I got Lucy when I was 15 years old. I am now 31. I'll make it easy for you and do the math.....Lucy was 16 years old. I have had Lucy for over half of my life.

I got Lucy just before a rather difficult time in my life. I was a sophomore in high school. After a series of unfortunate events, the kind only I am capable of really, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia the following summer. It would be nice to tell a magnificent story about rising above tribulation, a Phoenix rising from the dust if you will. But I can't. I was just a young girl, sorting through the pieces of my old life, looking for shards big enough to put together to create a new life, a new normal.

But I always had Lucy. He was my friend when I felt like I had none. He was always there...with a meow, a purr, a snuggle. And the occasional biting of toes in the middle of the night. Always there.

I miss his beautiful blue eyes and his fur the color of a roasting marshmallow. I miss the way he loved to sleep on grocery bags on the floor. I miss the purring and snuggling. I miss the way he used to play with the red and gold gift bows that I would staple together for him. He followed me from room to room and I miss my shadow. I miss having him jump up in the middle of the night and curl up to sleep on my back. Even though he was sick and Dexter is about 10 times his size, I miss the spunk he had to go up to Dex and smack him up side the head when he thought he had hurt my little girl. And I am so grateful that my little girls got to have him as their kitty as well.
I was his person and he was my kitty. The tiny part of my brain that functions as an adult realizes that he is not a person, he is just a cat. But he was my cat. I loved him. And I am sad.
Rest In Peace Lucy Belle. You were so very loved.
September 1994-September 2010

17 comments:

Mr. & Mrs. Alveybunch said...

Sorry about your cat. I am sure he's been a pretty significant part of your life. Just wanted you to know that I am thinking about you!

Kristina P. said...

Even though I'm not a cat lover, I can still understand losing a good pet. So sorry!

Missy said...

Sorry for your loss! Lucy was beautiful!

Just SO said...

So sorry for your loss. :(

Stephanie said...

I am sorry for your lose. A pet like that is more then a cat, but a family member.

Nikki said...

I understand the pain. I'm sorry for your loss. Some pets are more than animals.

jillytacy said...

I'm sorry for the loss of your kitty! I do think they are people in fur suits! It's so sad to lose your special furry friend!

Cynthia said...

I am so sorry! It's hard! My parents got Pepper 2 months after they were married in 1969 and he died at age 18- I was 15 and had never known life without him. We still miss that cat and I've had a number of cats since then.

I'm sorry for your family's loss but grateful you got to have such a beloved companion for so many years.

hairyshoefairy said...

I'm sorry Lucy's gone now. ((hugs))

Happy Granny said...

He really was the best cat ever. We'll all miss him and his spunky personality. He's a one-in-a-million cat and will not be forgotten. xoxoxo

Steph said...

I am so sorry. I love kitties. We need to do lunch very soon and I will let you cry on my shoulder while I eat chick fil a.

Michelle said...

Sorry about your kitty. It's funny how a "pet" can become such an important part of our lives, they really are more like family members.

Jessica G. said...

So sorry to hear this! It's tough to lose a pet, especially one that was with you for so long and had such personality. And I know I'm lame but I will totally sob when my daughter's hamster dies.

Scottkids said...

aw... so sad! Sorry your little kitty had to leave your family!

erin leigh said...

It broke my heart when I read your post, I think I actually started crying a little at work looking at her pictures. I'm sorry, a pet is more then just an animal to it's owner. She was adorable!

Adrian's Crazy Life said...

Awww, that reminds me of my Nike Sneakers Frankenweenie. He was my cat and I was his person for 17 years. Like your Lucy, he was smart and funny and feisty and even though I've got 3 other cats (one is sleeping on my lap right now) I will miss my Nikers every day! I actually have a scrapbook page of him up on my blog right now.

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