Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Captain Oblivious and the Case of the Missing Fish

We recently lost another fish.  Tragically, we've been through a number of fish since the decision was first made to decorate the Bean's room with a betta. After losing Sushi 6.0, we decided to move his replacement, Sushi #7, to a bigger bowl in our den.

Surprisingly, it was not Sushi #7 who departed this mortal coil. It was our back up fish, Sashimi. We had bought Sashimi because shortly after relocating Sushi, he started floating askew, which we had come to realize was an ever-increasingly familiar sign that he didn't have much life left in him.  So rather than have to keep a dead fish in our house until we could sneak in a replacement, WonderWife™ stocked up.  

But even though Sushi 7 didn't seem like it, he was a fighter and defied the odds by continuing to live, as if he were the star of one of those inspirational movies on Lifetime.  No, it was Sashimi who we found motionless at the bottom of his bowl (bettas sink when dead).

Not that the Bean has registered any of this.  Captain Oblivious didn't notice that there were seven different fish of slightly different sizes and colors in his room. He barely batted an eye when we ended up with two fish. And he certainly hasn't stopped to realize that we are once again a one fish family.

We kept getting new fish to avoid the inevitable questions about death. However, last year we were forced to face the Grim Reaper when our neighbor's dog passed away.  One day the Bean asked us where the dog went.

"He died," we told him, bracing ourselves for an onslaught of questions.

"Oh, okay," he said and went back to playing with his Mater car.

At this rate, it's not looking likely that Captain Oblivious will crack the case of the missing fish any time soon. Which is fine by me. I still have no idea how I'm going to explain death to that kid.  And besides, bettas are boring pets anyway.


Your escalator operator said...

Do you really call them Sushi and Sashimi? Has the Bean eaten at a Japanese restaurant?

Blogging Mama Andrea said...

You could probably elliminate the whole death thing if you stopped naming them after food.

Eric said...

Before we got married, my wife and step-son were staying at her dad's house. My son had a betta in a spongebob aquarium. They moved out and left the aquarium there.

the water would eventually evaporate, turn green and he would never be fed. finally my mother in law asked if we wanted him after about six months.

the little bugger was still alive living in an inch of water.

So i always thought bettas were indestructible.

missylovesyou said...

I was also under the impression that betas were pretty indestructible. I was helping a friend move and accidentally dropped her beta down into the garbage disposal. It took her husband a good 10 mins to fish (no pun intended) it out and plop it back in the bowl. He was totally fine and lived another 3 years. He also survived when she had her first daughter and forgot to feed him for almost a week.

Now that I think of it he had a pretty rough beta life haha.

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The Pipster said...

I can't take care of fish or plants. The only living things in my home are humans.

SciFi Dad said...

Just wait until you talk about your ribs one day and he connects the dots to the spareribs you had for dinner last week.

Good times.

Sadie said...

My 11-year-old didn't realize her last betta fish died for two weeks. In her defense he was just one member of a large tank of fish - but still he was huge and blue, and hard to miss!

The kids really don't seem to mind when fish die anymore. They used to care when we would indulge them with a whole funeral and burial in the backyard - but as I said, we have a tank. Our yard would look like a graveyard if we buried every fish or frog that died.

Which reminds me, I wonder what my husband did with Kerpopple when he died. I can't imagine he would flush a frog.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

YEO...Yes we do really call our fish that, which I admit is both cruel and funny.

Andrea...Yeah, but what's the fun in that?

Eric...I've been under the same impression, that much like a Volvo a betta would last forever. I guess we're proving that theory wrong.

Missy...I can't believe that fish lived through that. I wonder if it freaked out whenever anyone ran the disposal after that.

Pipster...It's a good thing you can take care of humans then.

SciFi...It's actually come up. My son, Captain Oblivious, hasn't cared.

Sadie...I didn't know bettas could be in a tank with other fish without attacking them.

Surfer Jay said...

You could give him a crash course and put two betas in a tank together.

Irish Gumbo said...

So sorry, dude.

Did they taste good?

ZenMom said...

For the record, fish are not pets. Fish are decoration. One step above house plants.

And I say this as one who, for many years, owned the most awesome salt water tank set up ever. We spent a lot of time on that ecosystem and it's inhabitants. But they still weren't pets.

Pets are dogs and cats and hamsters and platypuses and other things you can cuddle and who become members of your family.

Fish just don't inspire emotional bonds.

Also: "Sushi" and "Sashimi"? Love that.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Surfer Jay...A fishy battle royale? Nice!

Irish Gumbo...A little butter and lemon, yes.

Zen...So you're telling me I spent all of that time in front of his bowl, making faces, singing songs and reading him stories for NOTHING???

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Explaining Death to my kids has been one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. I know eventually it will all click... but it's WAY hard!

They need a dummies book for that topic.

Funny about fish... we had one that we thought would die also... and yet its will to live was remarkable!

Now when we moved we had to flush it down the toilet... only it got so big... it didn't fit.

It was a rough way to die...

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Shelle...You tried to flush a live fish that was too big??

Sadie said...

ZenMom - we call the fish tank our living piece of art.

DGB, you can have one male betta in a tank of non-bettas. They actually get along very well with others, as long as there are no females or other males to keep out of their territory. We have had one Betta in our tank for the last two or three years with guppies, gold barbs, Ottos, frogs, cori cats, and more.