Life Is Not Always So Beauty Full
We got a fish. I wasn’t too excited about another thing to have to keep alive / clean up after, but we promised Brayden he could get a fish when we moved into the new house. We thought having a small tank in his new room would help him sleep better.
On his very first day in his new house we took him to the pet store and bought the tank, the rainbow rocks, the tiki hut, and the food. He carefully picked out his new fish and name him Beauty because he was so (read in a sing song voice) “Beautiful!!!”.
He loved that fish. He would have hugged it if we would have let him. He stared at it and talked to it and made sure he felt safe in his new surroundings. A boy has never loved a fish more than Brayden loved Beauty.
And then after 5 days in our home Beauty died. It was a very traumatic morning. Lots of tears. Lots of questions about death. This is really the first time he’s ever had to deal with death before. He thought it was his fault. He thought he fed him too much. Or maybe not enough. I hated that he blamed himself. And I hated that fish for dying and breaking my poor little boy’s heart.
We went back to Pet Smart that very same day and got a new fish. His name is Rainbow. Because he’s as colorful as a Rainbow. I hope Rainbow can stick around for a bit longer. Because I don’t think my poor boy’s heart can stand to lose another fish. If he does die, though, we did learn that Pet Smart has a 14 day guarantee on all of their fish. Yeah. But, you have to bring the dead fish into the store to prove your fish really died. I get that there are people who I am sure would abuse this policy. However, I am not going to further traumatize my 5 year old by bringing his dead fish into the store with us. Brayden’s sad little face and tears weren’t enough to prove his Beauty died.
August 5, 2013 – August 10, 2013
Canon 5D Mark II, 50 1.2
F 2.0, 1/200, ISO 640