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Monday
May242010

RIP Sammy the Betta Fish

Image via Bettafishcenter.com

It's always hard to lose a pet.

How do you explain the loss to the kids?

How will they adjust to the sudden empty spot in the family?

And so today it is with great sadness we say farewell to our Betta fish, Sammy, who lived a full 24 hours after he came home with us from the school fair.

But you know what they say....Betta to have lived and loved for 24 hours than never to have loved at all, right?

I am proud of the way the girls took the news this morning. They noticed he wasn't in the tank anymore. The thought they heard a toilet flush late last night. They were already suspicious. El was crushed but bravely lifted her sad little face and said,

"Can we go to the store and get a new one?"

Aw...such a trooper.

Goodby Sammy. We'll remember the time we flicked on the bowl and you skittered to the other side. We'll remember the one time we fed you and worried if it was too much. We'll remember...

Oh this is ridiculous.

Janine

Reader Comments (3)

That was funny...LOL

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdebbie new

My father was brilliant when it came to fish burials. Being an ex-Navy man, he would have us line up and salute as he gave the deceased a plank burial with full honors to the old flusher. He had us convinced they'd be shocked back to life the minute they hit the cold water of the city line.

I cringed when Robyn started the precedent of in-ground burial, full of 4 crying 'widow' little girls, and a couple of misty-eyed boys for the 10-cent carnival feeders. Even worse when our friends fish-sat for us while we went away and of course, the feeders did not survive. We had them frozen to await burial on our return. A few weeks ago I found the 2-year-old frozen fish corpses neatly tucked into the freezer door (who has time for fish burials anymore?), and gave them the appropriate 'burial at sea', with only me in attendance, but with full regalia and salute.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave (Dad of 9 Kids)

Dave that is hilarious...I may have to try a big ceremony next time instead of having The Mister flush them at night.

May 29, 2010 | Registered CommenterJanine Nickel

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