Now cracks a noble heart.
Good night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Today we said goodbye to Lucy, known to many of you as Lucy One White when she wrote her Friday columns. Lucy turned 20 in June and has been in precarious health for some time. Despite that, she’s been mostly active and engaged, connecting well with us and a few weeks ago with her friend Ms. Caprice, who stayed with her while we were out of town for a few days. She did well. Until yesterday, when her fade began.
Our vet, Dr. Lisa kindly saw us during lunch today, and Lucy slipped quietly away. I dearly hope that she is now on the other side of things, cavorting with her brother Jules, who left us in November, and perhaps Uncle Toto is teaching her to dance with the butterflies.
Its very strange to have a house without cats. And today we mourn the passing of this wonderful spirited cat, who could be a “dickens” and lead us around the neighborhood on a merry chase, and who always had time for a scratch or a lap. Thank you, Lucy for 20 years of love and presence. May you romp free of all limitations.
Lucy Belle Gilpatrick Smythe McGarrity
June 7, 1998 to August 20, 2018