Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

“So, I heard back from the lady with the kittens,” I said to my husband, Marc, early in the morning three weeks ago.  “She said that I can come by this morning to look at them.  So I am going to.”


Marc didn’t say anything.


“Do you want to come with me?” I asked.


“I don’t want to go anywhere today,” he replied.  “I still feel a little sick.  I’d rather stay home.”


I didn’t say anything.  I just waited.


A few hours later as we were working out I announced, “I told her I’d be at her house around eleven-ish, so as soon as I take a shower I am going to head over there.”


Marc got angry.  “Why are you pushing this?  We still have work to do at the house.  We are leaving for Florida in a week.  I am not ready for another cat yet.”


“I am not pushing anything.  I just want to see the kittens.  And I have to go. I have been emailing the foster mom all week.  I can’t just not show up now, that would be so rude.  And besides, it is not like I am planning on adopting one,” I lied.  “I just want to see them. But don’t worry; you don’t have to come with me if you don’t want to.”


Marc didn’t reply.


About a half hour later, I grabbed my car keys and announced, “I am going now.  I’ll see you in a little while.”


“Wait,” Marc said.  “Let me get my shoes.  I am coming with you.”


“You don’t have to,” I said, stubbornly.  “You can stay home.”


Marc just muttered “no.”


We drove in silence, both of us deep in thought.  As we approached the house, I didn’t know what to expect.


We rang the doorbell and were greeted by the sweetest woman imaginable.  “Follow me,” she announced.  The kittens are upstairs.  “Don’t worry if the momma cat hisses at you.  She is very protective of her babies,” she explained.


But the momma didn’t hiss. Instead, she sat right on my lap and rubbed her face against mine, giving me a kiss.  She immediately approved of us for one of her babies.  There were five – three girls and two boys.  One was cuter than the other.  I sat on the floor and Marc sat on a chair.  We both were instantly smitten.

lucy and momma 1

Every kitten that Marc picked up dozed on his lap.  “Wow, you are like the cat whisperer,” the foster mom commented.  Marc simply smiled.


We played with the kittens for about a half hour, and then the unexpected happened.  Marc said, “We probably should get going soon.  Which one do you want?”


My eyes filled with tears.  “Really?” I asked.  “You’re okay with this?”


Marc’s eyes filled with tears too.  “Yeah.  We have to help another friend.  Alex would want us to.  And it isn’t fair not to.  One of these kittens needs our love.  So which one will it be?”


“This one,” I said as I picked up one of the little girls.


Meet Lucy!

Lovin' Lucy 2.15.2013



Lucilla  Alexis Grossman – born December 10th 2012 – home to her new house and her mommy and daddy….



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187 thoughts on “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

  1. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!! Lucy!! Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!

    CONGRATULATIONS lovely Hilary and Marc! Awwwww! Now don’t you worry! Angel Alex will look after his little sisfur and will protect and guide her forever and ever! How adorable!!

    Hope the other kitties find beautiful homes too! We send mama kitty lots of purrs and hugs!

    Take care

    1. Old Kitty – thanks! I know alex is already watching over Lucy and giving her pointers. So many things she has done remind us of him. I feel bad for the momma cat – but I am sure all her babies found wonderful homes….

  2. Oh Hilary and Marc the happy tears are just flowing here. I am so happy for you. Also, I am totally in love with Lucy. Good heavens she is sooooooooooo cute. What a lucky kitty she is to have found you two. Good job Alex getting them a new kitten. Now Alex, you need to help train Lucy. I am so excited that Lucy came home with you. Oh goody,we get to watch her grow up.
    Take care and have tons of fun with Lucy.

    1. Marg – I knew you would be happy! We are in love with Lucy too and I know that Alex is responsible for us finding each other… She is a really smart little girl!

  3. Was told about your new kitty by Ann at Zoolatry and just have to say how happy I am for you. She will be loved and cherished by you all I know. love Caro and Austin the Tux xx

  4. Welcome Lucy – you are so lucky to have such lovely pawrents. If you need any help when you start to train them do ask our Lucy as she is a tabby too and has trained our Mum to purrfection.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

    1. Hannah & Lucy – thanks for the tip! I think my older brother did a good training job, but I am always up for suggestions XOXO Lucy

  5. OMC we’ve got happy tears too!!! Welcome to the Cat Blogosphere Lucy! We know you’re going to have a wonderful life with your new family. We’re sure Alex sent you to them!!

    The Florida Furkids and Mom Sharon

  6. What a touching and wondewful day
    Welcome bootiful little Lucy. You have found the most loving family. Yoow kitteh Mom knew they wewe pawfect
    I hope you have a long and healthy life
    Soochie kisses

    1. Asta – it is funny, I agree… i really think the momma cat knew we were right for her children…. and her love and approval made everything so much easier and happier

  7. We just knew the recovery room was going to be turning into a kitty play room. We are so pleased to meet Lucy. And we LOVES her middle name.

    We know she is just a youngster, but if she is up to it send her by to visit our clown tent. We promise to keep an eye on her and keep her safe.

    1. Fenris, Tuiren, Mister, Socks & Scylla – I knew you figured it out! We love her middle name too and we know her brother approves (although I bet he wishes the names were switched)

    1. Simba – Lucy is thrilled to be part of the Tabby Cat Club! And I agree – Alex is sure responsible for her finding her forever home!

    2. Simba – Lucy is thrilled to be part of the Tabby Cat Club! And I agree – Alex is sure responsible for her finding her forever home!

  8. I am SO over the moon excited for you guys!!!! Congrats!!! She is going to bring you guys so much joy and you need some joy after the year you have had!!! Welcome Lucy from Buddy and Holly, too!!!! Hugs!!!

    1. Sometimes – yep, you are right. I know I hit the kitty jackpot with these guys. I love it here already! XOXO Lucy

  9. I love Lucy, we all love Lucy!!! Welcome home sweet girl! I know Alex put his paw on your heart to show you the way home. We just can’t quit looking at the beautiful you!!!

  10. OoH dis is such wunderful news, what a cutie patootie!
    Little Lucy is a very lucky kitteh cuz her has found da bestest furever home fur sure! We can’t wait to gets to know her better.

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae and Max

    1. maggie mae and max – thanks so much… she is a cutie patootie and we already love her lots… I think she is starting to realize she found herself a great forever home!

  11. Welcome Lucy!!! You have found a VERY special new mom and dad. Love the story. It can be SO hard and there is no right time. But it obviously the right match. She is an absolute cutie….and so is her momma cat. We are all so very glad that you took a chance to open your hearts – and we KNOW that Alex is looking back over the Bridge and approves. 🙂

    1. Random Felines – “no right time” is exactly what made this time the right time… after Marc and I had that little spat, Alex gave him a talking too, and marc realized that there will never be a right time, so we had to just do it and love someone else… I agree, alex is smiling at all of us now… he wants another creature to be as loved and cherished as he was…

  12. Squeeeee…..Lucy popped up on my FB this morning. She looks just like my beloved MinniePie, down to her orange markings. I am just to delighted for you and Marc. Welcoming a new life into your lives is wonderful.

    She looks sweet, but I bet there is a bit of devilment in there….the orange sneaking into that pretty gray fur tells me so.

    Congrats! No house should be without a kittykat.

    1. Connie – oh I think you are right… Caren thinks it is because she is a sagittarius 🙂 but she is a sweet girl but I can see her being a little devilish – sort of like her older brother… and you are right.. no home should be without a kitty and our house once again feels like a home!

    1. Madi & Mom – thanks so much…. And you are right… It is so wonderful when the unexpected happened… I really thought I’d have to work on Marc 🙂

  13. Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ecstatic with this wonderful news and can’t stop crying!!!!!!!!!!! What a precious precious little one! Ohhhh Lucy is going to be a handful! A Sagittarius kitty! She is going to be fearless, full of personality, athletic and a real PEOPLE cat!!! Sagittarius is my rising sign……..she is going to be a regular clown, they are sooooooo fun-loving!!

    BTW Cody gets FIRST DIBS when she grows up……he needs a “nice Jewish girl” as his girlfriend 🙂

    Wishing the best kitty parents in the world a zillion years of happiness!

    1. Caren – Tell Cody it’s a done deal… Lucy takes after her mommy and likes the older men – but just have him wait until she is a little older 🙂 It is funny, she already seems to be living up to the Sagittarius traits! She has already mastered the stairs!

    1. Amber – thanks so much… I never heard of blogville before but now I am loving it! I have only been home for a day or so and I have so many friends! XOXO Lucy

  14. Yeah! Welcome to your new home, Lucy! You just gotcha’d yourself the most wonderful, loving mommy and daddy possible. And we know that Angel Alex is purring as he watches over you all. 🙂

    Hilary and Marc — congratulations on your new baby. We are thrilled and so, so happy for you!

    Big hugs, and much love to you all.

    1. Meowmeowmans – Thanks guys! you are so right… Alex is watching all of us and smiling… We are all so happy – big paw hugs!

  15. I’m at work, tears streaming down my face…what a wonderful way to start the day! Welcome home Miss Lucy!!!!! Hilary and Marc, conCATulations on your new little girl–I look forward to reading about her adventures. Which there will be–look at that face! Naughtiness…

    1. Katnip Lounge – sorry for the tears at work – I cant stop crying either – we are so happy… she is a special little girl (and I so see the naughtiness coming)

  16. So happy for you guys. Sweetheart told us yesterday that you were getting her. Can’t wait to come visit some day. She’s beyond adorable. Middle is ready to hop on the next flight!!! 🙂

  17. We are so happy you opened your hearts Marc and Hilary , to receiving more love and happiness by adopting sweet Lucy! We know angel Alex is happy for all of you.We also know Lucy will bring you joy and that makes us smile so wide! Welcome home to your wonderful family adorable Lucy.We look forward to teaching you all sorts of naughtiness! :p

    the critters in the cottage xo

  18. Oh, she’s precious!! A kitten makes everything better. And of course Alex would want you to have more kitty love in your life. So happy for you!

  19. I am sitting here with a big smile on my face and eyes filled with tears. (Happy Tears) I know it is never easy to move on after losing a beloved pet but it sounds like it was time for both of you. ((HUGS)) Lucy is adorable!

    1. Debby – thanks… It is such a hard decision to make – you feel sad and guilty.. but now that Lucy’s is home we know we made the right choice. It feels so right!

  20. Lucy is adorable!!! She looks like a ‘diluted’ blue calico kitty…which is what I have. Enjoy your new friend and know that Alex is overhead somewhere smiling happily!

  21. Welcome, Lucy! BTW, I just want to say that the conversation between you and your husband sounded JUST like some of the ones I hear here between my human and her boyfriend.

  22. Welcome home Lucy! The telling of your journey to Lucy made me cry with happiness and I am not a crier at all. That is true love for each other and for Alex. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Tonya – I am sorry for the tears… but there have been a lot of tears here lately… and now the tears are mixed with smiles…

  23. Welcome to you Lucy, you pretty little girl. We are so happy that you have such a loving Forever Home, and we are happy for you Hilary and Marc for letting this precious little girl into your hearts.

    1. Eric and Flynn – thanks guys! Marc and I are over the moon – we are so happy we opened our hearts because she fits right in!

  24. Hello Miss Lucy! First of all my mom says you are “ultra squee-licious”. We think you are a very lucky little girl, and Dexter wants to know when you are going to join the Tabby Cat Club? Welcome!
    Harry, Dexter and Tipp

    1. Cherry Kitties – Hi! thanks so much! my mommy says I am ultra squee-licious too! I had her email my picture to try and get in the club…. XOXO Lucy

  25. Oh, Lucy is adorable!

    I lost my bird, Sam, two years ago tomorrow. As much as I want a new pet, I know I’m still not ready. Reading your story gives me hope that I will be, eventually.

    1. Norma – I am so sorry for your loss… You can’t push it… you will know when you are ready, just as I knew when we were…. And if you aren’t, that is okay too….

  26. Hillary and Marc
    I can so feel that Alex would have wanted this for you.
    All of us here at the manxhouse are so happy for you and little sweet Lucy.
    Welcome to the innernets Lucy!


  27. OMC! Lucy is beyond adorable! Congratulations! We know Alex would approve!!

    (pee ess. It’s me, Wally. Lucy looks just like one of my sister kitties. I remember her from when I was just a baby. My mom almost adopted her when she adopted me because she hadn’t been spoken for yet. But when my mom came get me for good, my sister had found a home. I hope my sister kitty is as happy wherever she is as I know Lucy will be in her new home.)

    1. Island Cats – I know you are right… Alex is happy

      Wally – I am sure that your sister is as happy as Lucy is… I love that you still remember her. I wonder if Lucy will remember her family?

  28. Oh my goodness! What a touching story!!! This sounds so much like a conversation I have had!! Welcome little Lucy!!! Congratulations on your new little one!!
    Jeanne of bichonpawz

  29. my eyes were tearing up reading about Lucy. Alex would be so proud of both of you. Lucy is beautiful. Of course I am a bit partial to calico’s since I had 2 very beautiful and loving calico girls of my own. i can’t wait to see and hear all of her antics as she grows.

    1. Moms busy – sorry for the tears, but I tear up too when I think back to that day… I love the calico look – I can’t stop staring at her fur – it is just so pretty!

    1. TX Furfriends – thanks so much! You are right – Alex is doing the happy dance – we can feel him smiling at the three of us…. we are so happy 🙂

  30. Oh my CAT! Mommy’s BAWLING!!

    That’s exactly what happened when she went to see Maxwell. She just stood there and held him. And cried.
    She still missed Ryker so terribly much. But Maxie needed her. And more importantly, he knew something she didn’t: she needed Maxie, too.

    Welcoming purrs to beautiful miss Lucy!

    1. Maxie – yeah, sounds exactly alike – before we got lucy I went to the pet store when the humane society keeps the older cats looking for homes. There was one that looked just like Alex. I held him and cried and knew that I had to help another friend… And just like your mom, Marc now knows he and I needed Lucy just as much as she needed us!

  31. Ohhhhhhhhh! Lucy is Awwww-DORABLE!! Congrats on your new fur-baby! Alex would definitely approve. And now excuse me, I have something in my eye that needs to be attended to… 😀

  32. That sounds kind of like my story when my Mum and WB found me and my brothers and sisters at the shelter. WB was just taking her to look at the kittens and guess who they came home with. Lil ol’ Me. They are my best furrends furrever, just like you will be to Lucy. She’s a kyoot one. Welcome to the Tabby Cat Club.


  33. Tears of joy!!

    It has been so long since I have visited blogs but I was reading FB this morning and your page was on my newsfeed! I was so excited to read this wonderful news and see the picture of your new little furbaby! Congratulations!

    1. Shawn – thanks so much…. I know you understand everything that Marc and I are feeling… she has really made a huge difference and we love her oodles already

  34. Love this! Typing through my tears, as your post made me feel like I was right there with you. Lucy is adorable and I am so glad that you and your husband decided to welcome her into your home. So precious… Enjoy and thank you for sharing your moving perfect moment this month! 🙂

    1. Kathy – thanks! She is such a sweetie and I am so glad I didn’t have to work too hard on Marc… he is over the moon happy with his little girl!

  35. l love Lucy…l’m crying as l read this…two years ago, my cat, Jackie, passed away while l was in the hospital…my mom and dad had been going over to feed him every day, but they found him dead. lt took me awhile to decide to get another cat. Last year, l was looking at the Purina cat adoption website and found a kitten named Jay [same name as the hero of my first ebook]. He was the last of six kittens to be adopted and as soon as l saw him, l fell in love [so did my friend who drove me out to see him]. l’ve had him since 11/11/12, and he is a sweetie.

    1. Nancy – I am sorry for bringing the tears and do sorry about your cat. I can’t imagine how hard it was to lose him when you were in the hospital and not able to have been with him… It is amazing how you, like us, didn’t know if we would ever be ready, but then fell instantly in love. When I saw Lucy’s picture on Facebook I knew we had to make her part of the family. I was crazed! Now I can’t imagine her not in our lives… Sending big hugs!

  36. Hi Lucy! So nice to meet you! You are a cutie! I heard from the Tabby Cat Club that it’s your birthday tomorrow, so I thought I’d pop over to say hi and Happy Birthday a little early! Me-Ommmmmm

    1. Swami Zoe – so nice to meet you too! Thanks for stopping by and wishing me a happy birthday! I love to make new friends! XOXO Lucy

    1. Cattywumpus – you are so right… Lucy did make our house a home. I can’t believe she is with us for almost a year!

    1. Topaz – thanks so much… Lucy is a doll and I am so glad that she found her forever home with us…

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