A New School (Year) of Fish…

September 19, 2013

Ahhh school is back in session! As sad as I was to usher my kids out the door on their first day of school this year, I knew it had to happen! Gone were the long lazy sleep-ins of summer, where breakfast naturally seemed to become brunch almost daily. Goodbye to the heat of the hot summer sun and the relaxing dozing stretched out by the pool, while listening to happy shrieks and splashes times eight.

Sadly we said goodbye to late night family time, routine night swims past ten o’clock and impromptu baking and picnic sessions at any time of any day. Regretfully, my grilling specialties and picnic table dinners on our patio have slowed, if not stopped for now. I miss my kids’ noise — their chatter and laughter — during the day and I think Shoka does too! He’s become glued to my side in the absence of his “non furry” siblings.

On the first day of school, I felt a bit like a “fish outta water”  so what did I do? I headed over to the pet store and picked up two new fish friends to replace our well loved Fabio and Felicia, who have long since gone to fish heaven. I carefully picked new fish bowls and stones, plants, food and nets. I even picked up an extra thrill for the kids (and maybe even the fish!), a “Sponge Bob Square Pants” pineapple house — for a fish bowl!

I brought them home nervously (I am now afraid that all fish will die untimely deaths and more excessive funerals will need to be planned and carried out so I now handle these aquatic friends even more carefully than ever before!) and prepared their new homes! Once I was done rinsing and setting up, I placed our new male beta fish, Finnley Fire (Finn, for short) in his bowl with his pineapple house.   Then I placed our new tiny red female beta fish in her bowl with her round green plant in the center. She remained nameless because Mady wanted to name a new fish and call it her own. So — I saved the little red girl for her!

I said nothing when I picked the kids up from the bus stop on that first day of school! They had SO much to tell ME, after all. So I just listened to their new school year stories as I drove home. As they moved through the house, completing their “after school routine,” word began to travel that there were NEW fish on our kitchen table! Soon both bowls were surrounded by many eager faces each with big curious eyes, checking out our new pets!

The kids instantly loved Finn and “the other fish.” Allllll night, Mady wrestled with what to name “her” fish. She’d repeatedly go over to the red fish in the bowl and say “hi F___….,” making the “f” sound long and loudly (All of our fish MUST have F names we decided long ago. It’s just the rules.).

Then later, “well, hello F___,” she’d say…
And again, near bedtime, I heard her say “hi, you cute little F__………..MOMMY! I got it! Her name is FIZZY!!!” Following that gleeful announcement, we all cheered with happiness! She’s a little red fizzy firecracker! She’s Fizzy!!!

And so, as life moved us on from sorrow to happiness, once again, our table now has new life in the center, which brings our family new creatures to love and care for, new conversation pieces and responsibility…. AND, it also brought this mom two new little creatures to talk to and care for during the many quiet, and sometimes lonely, school days I spend at home!


Meet Finnley Fire (his bowl appears cloudy in photo only, not in real life)

Meet Fizzy!

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