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Meet Marcie – Part Two

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Slowly but surely, our remodel started taking shape, and we were able to make the move into our first house. The long hours finally paid off, and Marcie was always there to greet us, keep us company while we worked and put a smile on my face.

Time went by, and a little over three years later, we were over the moon with joy to welcome our first daughter! Marcie loved sitting next to Aviah in her stroller, curling up on the couch by her and watching her as we sat out in the yard and played.

I often took Aviah for walks in her stroller — we loved going for walks together, and as the post office was only one block away, we could easily walk there two or three times during the week. Marcie always wanted to go with us, but I was apprehensive of her crossing the street. If I didn’t take her back home, she somehow knew how to hide and swiftly catch up to us.

One beautiful, sunny afternoon while waiting in line at the post office, I could hear soft meows and as the door would open, the meows became louder and more urgent. Marcie seemed to be calling us, and as I turned my head around and smiled, customers would inquire if that was my cat. Why yes it is! When we returned outdoors, Marcie had a mixed expression of relief to see us and pure delight at all the attention she was receiving from most everyone who passed by her.

Time went by and again, we were over the moon with joy to welcome our second daughter. Marcie has always loved the girls, and her desire to join us on family walks continued as we made our move to the country. With the exception of cold winter days, if the girls are headed outdoors to play, Marcie will watch them from the window, then head straight to the door to go out with them.

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Although I wondered how Marcie would react to seven chickens and numerous rabbits joining the family, I had the feeling she would do fine. She has always had a very calm, loving disposition and only seems irritated if another cat roams through the yard. She would watch the young chicks in their brooder like a mother hen, and enjoys the company of a bunny as long as the he/she doesn’t become too rambunctious. In the photo below, Marcie reached her paw out to Cashmere, and the two of them sat contentedly for over an hour.

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In two months, our sweet little Marcie will be turning 15 years old. We’re overjoyed that she is still extremely healthy at her age and enjoying country life with us. These days she moves around a little slower, and it takes some time for her to climb up in her favorite apple tree, but she can still be as playful as the little kitten we once found so long ago.

49 Comments

  1. I love this story! You should write a children’s book!!! Lovely story and what a dear member of your family! Thanks for sharing this special story with us dear Anna! big sis Lynn xxx

    1. Thank you so much, dear Lynn! I’d love to write children’s books someday — it’s always been a dream. 😉 Love you, big sis!! xoxo

      1. Really? for some reason I felt this as I read your story. It is just lovely and drew me in and I felt happy and connected! Love it! xoxo love you cutie!

        1. You are so kind, Lynn! Maybe I’ll start writing a book about Marcie. 😉 xoxo love you too, big sis! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

          1. Thanks dear! we just relaxed, took a walk etc. it was nice! Yes a sweet book about Marcie! That would be lovely little sister! xoxo love you

          2. Sounds like a perfect day! We made homemade pasta this afternoon and then brownies for dessert. 😉 It’s been sprinkling rain today. xoxo Love you too, sis!

          3. Sounds lovely yumm yes sprinkles here too. Xoxo

  2. Oh Anna, what a beautiful beautiful story. Marcie is so special. I am so pleased to hear she is in good health even being 15 years… Shame, our pets become our children, don’t you think? Hope you are having a lovely Valentine’s Day with your family. xxx

    1. Thank you so much, dear Lynne! Yes, she is such a special part of the family! 🙂 Thank you so much … I hope you and your family had a wonderful Valentine’s Day as well!! xoxo

  3. I was waiting for this Anna. Such a charming post. Marcie seems lovely and would so much like to meet her if only I was nearer! I would love to giver her a cuddle!!

    1. Thank you so much, Roberta! You are so kind, and I wish you could meet Marcie, too! 🙂 She would absolutely love your cuddles!!

  4. Dear Anna, I love your story. My dad have a cat, Bubulina, and she is like yours, but a little old than yours. She’s 17 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 Bubulina sounds so sweet! I wish I could meet her in person! 🙂

      1. Me, too 🙂 But you can see her on my blog if you want 🙂

        1. Oh yes, I love the pictures of Bubulina on your blog! 🙂 So sweet!

  5. I have a feeling that Marcie thinks she is taking care of you. What a sweet girl.

    1. Hi Julie! Happy Valentines’s Day, dear friend! 🙂 Yes! Marcie is very much that way! She’s such a kind and sweet kitty!

    1. Thank you, dear Sadie! 🙂

  6. Marcie is beautiful and have a kind soul. Cat’s can also be amazing good to help us raise our kids and also to take care of them. I know from the time, when I had small kids many years ago.

    1. Thank you so much, Irene. Yes, that’s so very true!

  7. This is such a wonderful, heartwarming story, Anna. I love the way Marcie loves to be with your girls – and how hilarious that she followed you to the post office. It’s so nice, too, that she gets on well with all your chickens and rabbits. I hope Marcie still has a few years left to be with you. Our two cats, that ‘grew up’ with our children, reached the grand old age of 23. Your photos are lovely, Anna.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Millie! Yes, I’ll always fondly remember how she would follow us to the post office! 😉 At that time, we also lived directly across the street from a church, and on Sunday mornings, Marcie would sit outside the church and greet the people walking in! She is such a dear cat. How lovely that you had two cats to grow up with your children — 23 is a remarkable age! How wonderful!

      1. Our cats are very missed, as we’d had them both since they were kittens. Your little Marcie sounds like a lovely pet. Thank you for writing about her.

        1. Thank you so much, Millie. 🙂 I’m sure you miss your sweet cats very much, they really do become a part of the family. I hope someday you’ll post photos of them! 🙂

          1. We do have a couple of old photos somewhere. Perhaps I’ll fish them out sometime. Thank you for the idea! 🙂

          2. Oh that would be so lovely, Millie! 😀

    1. Thank you so much, Tonya! 🙂

  8. Aww Marcie sounds like such a sweet and calm kitty! She is adorable.

    1. Thank you so much, Smiling Notes! 🙂 Marcie’s napping on my lap right now while I type. 😉

      1. Aww I wish I could cuddle up with Marcie 😘😘

        1. She would love your cuddles as well — she’s a very loving cat. 🙂

  9. What a beautiful story, Anna. You have a very special family and Marcie fits right in. Our cat is also 15. She moves a little slower, however, she is healthy and loves to play.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! 🙂 Your cat sounds so sweet!
      ~ Anna

  10. I’ve loved reading this story for lots of reasons. I used to own a cat and ours would follow us up to the farm and accompany us on walks too! He used to hide in this amazing bean tree. (No idea if it’s real name) He’d pounce on unsuspecting passers by , people soon got to know he was there. 😉
    Marcie sounds gorgeous!

    1. I love reading about your sweet cat! It made me laugh how he would hide in a tree and pounce on people passing by! So cute! 😀

      1. Yes everyone on the farm new him. 😉

        1. Oh that’s so lovely! 🙂

  11. Here’s hoping you have many more years with Marcie – she sounds like a wonderful cat!

    1. Aww … thank you so much, Sarah! She certainly is a wonderful cat! 🙂

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  13. Loved this! I really miss my cats x.x

    1. Thank you, Sweetima! Cats are lovely, aren’t they? 🙂

  14. Marcie is ZuZu’s kindred spirit. In my book, A Berkshire Tale, ZuZu, the little tabby is good friends with the hens and she refuses to eat chicken when the farmer’s wife offers her some. I think they may actually be Doppelgängers???!

    1. Oh how lovely! I definitely want to order your book! 😀

      1. It is actually ten interconnected stories in the first year of a tabby kitten (ZuZu) and is set in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. I think that the tabby is very much like Marcie. I call it an adult/children’s story because adults enjoy it as much as the little ones they read it with. Thank you, Anna

        1. It sounds absolutely lovely, Clare!

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