Friday, October 17, 2008

He's Dead, Jim

I'm off to Rhinebeck in a few minutes, but I thought I'd take a quick minute to share this sad news with you.Poisson Doré, Émilie's fish, passed away early Thursday morning. I don't quite know if it's a good thing or a bad thing that she seemed more interested in examining the corpse than mourning him, but that's my little scientist for you.

She WAS however dead set against putting him in the garbage, so we had a funeral service for him last night. We chose a spot in the garden for him, and I think he'll be at peace there. You know, provided some cat doesn't dig him up and eat him.

Farewell, little fishy. Granted, you didn't really do much, but you were pretty to look at and relatively low maintenance, and I think your brief existence in our family (he was a birthday present) served a valiant purpose in teaching our daughter about taking care of her pets and that, much as we'd like them to, they don't live forever.

Phil wants to get Émilie a hamster next. While he feels that this is an upgrade in the pet evolutionary chain, I disagree. Where he sees "mammal", I see "rodent".

Happy Knitting Everyone!


Mrhide said...

Mommy's gone ! Daddy can go and fill the house with Rats!! w00h000!!

Get ready for a surprise when you get baaaAAaack!

Sereknitty said...

What a sad little face :( I love that you took this very seriously and gave your daughter 'closure' by having a burial for her fish. I'm with you on the 'no rodent' issue.

Anonymous said...

BIG rats I say, BIIIG!

Jessica said...

HOLD UP on the hamster... I saw a brief news clip recently about certain pets that should not be kept by toddlers or young children. I can't remember which darn animals they mentioned, other than turtles, but research before you buy. Or, get a dog! :)

Knit and Purl Mama said...

Sorry to hear the fish died. May he rest in peace.