Meet Actual Fish.
I know you are thinking to yourself, Actual Fish, What kind of a name is that? Well I will tell you this, I was not consulted in the naming of the fish. I suggested Walter, George, or Frank. All of these very sensible fish names were rejected. The toddler's suggestion was Actually Fish and that is the only name he would consider. So Actual Fish it is.
Actual Fish is a little shy. He really didn't want his picture taken at all. Do you know how hard it is to take a picture of a fish in water. I took 30 pictures of this fish and this is the only one that turned out even decent. And it is not that great.
I can see why our fish is a little apprehensive with me. You see I have a history with fish. It isn't a good one either. I got my first fish when I lived in the dorms in the AF. We did pretty well together. I kept him for about 1 1/2 years. Not bad for a fish. When he died, I went through a mourning period like you do when any pet dies. I decided to move on and got another fish. That started what is known in all of fishdom as the dark ages. I went through a fish a month for about six months. It was a very sad time. At the end of which, I decided I would never have fish again. I got rid of my bowl and declared myself done. Then we had kids and I started yearning for a fishy friend again. I wanted to share the watery world with my kids. Jason called me a fish murderer and I have to admit that hurt. I cried myself to sleep a few times. But I got over it. I decided it was time.
We went to the pet store and picked out a lively specimen. We got him a bowl, some rocks and of course a good fake plant. What fish bowl is complete without a fake plant. We brought him home and all the way Jason told me I would kill it. But I am not listening to him. He is mean. I think our little friend will do just fine here.
There are no bounds to how much Mark enjoys the fish. Every morning he comes down the stairs and yells at the top of his lungs, "There is the fish." I wonder if he is surprised Actual Fish survived another night in my care. Maybe Jason has been talking to him.
On a side note, I am looking for suggestions. The chlorine neutralizer I am using makes the water cloudy. Does anyone have a suggestion of something that won't cloud the water. It makes the water look dirty and it isn't. I just changed it. I really want him to live.
Another side note. It is Farmer's Market Friday. I love Farmer's Market. We always walk up and pick out all of our veggies for the week. I plan to take my camera this week. So check back later for pictures of our findings.