Tuesday, May 26, 2009

And Now There Are Seven

A coupla weeks ago, The Son went on a school excursion to the Pasir Ris Kid's Kampong for which I had to pay S$15 and sign a consent form. Which is fine, except that nowhere in the consent form did I consent to him bringing home a bunch of pet fish in a tiny little bucket with his name on it. It's all very cute and everything, WHEN THAT HAPPENS TO SOMEONE ELSE. I am less than charmed when it happens to me and my kitchen.

Anyway, to cut a long and tedious story short, we had what appeared to be 6 live fish and 1 dead fish by the time I got home from work. 2 of the live fish were not actually in the bucket at that point - one of them was on the coffee table and another one was writhing on the floor ("MAMA !! LOOK!!") and about to be eaten by The Dog.

By the time the fambly woke up the next morning, there were 6 dead fish and 1 live fish ("Survivor Fish").

We waited patiently for Survivor Fish to pass on like his bethren. He was not fed, as the fish did not come with any fish food. Yet stupid Survivor Fish survived for another 16 days. Then finally, The Husband made a unilateral decision, completely bereft of any spousal support or encouragement, TO BUY A FISH TANK AND FISH FOOD. I think the last thing I said to him about this issue is why can't you put Survivor Fish into that big vase instead. No need to buy a tank.

If I had known this was going to happen, Survivor Fish would have relocated to the sewer or the chute 15 days ago. Now, instead of having no pet fish, we have another 6 new fish, 1 fish tank, 1 fish tank cleaner, 1 fish tank aerator, 1 fake aquarium plant and 1 real aquarium plant. And of course, we have Survivor Fish and fish food. I'm tired of typing the word "fish".

Of course now that we have spent money on all of this, I'm almost completely certain that all the fish will die tomorrow leaving us with yet another item to gather dust in the house.


At 11:27 AM, Blogger Indiana said...

hahahahaha...and to think I am thinking of buying a fish tank for new home...to make it look like I can keep a thing alive :-)

At 12:15 PM, Blogger expat@large said...

Does it come with Bluetooth?

At 7:12 AM, Anonymous Qing said...

Survivor Fish should have been "donated to NUS for genetic studies in survivability, in name of the greater good".


At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahahahahahah.... Listen to this song ....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7GQ2jwU344&feature=related

At 3:31 PM, Blogger Chocolate Reindeer said...

Dear Smoot, I chanced upon your blog, and have been reading regularly. I very much enjoy your writing - it's humorous and entertaining. The narratives on your boy are particularly charming, especially the ones on him going to school, his speech (my son also pronounces his "L" words with "Y"), his toilet training. My son is 3 now, so I am experiencing the things you did 1 year ago. All the best for number 2.

At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! My 3-going-on-to-4 gal came back from the same place yesterday with (I think) 11 fish in a plastic bag and yes, that little bucket. Thank gdness my dad has a ready tank for them (he used to rear fish) with oxygen pump and all. As these fish are really tiny, I had to go off to get them some micro-pellets. Also got a couple of bottles supposedly to reduce their stress to the new environment (funny they don't have those for humans in the malls) and clean out the chlorine and all.

I was at first quite pissed as there were no instructions given at all to the children bringing the fish home!

At 1:26 PM, Blogger HairyDonut said...

Indy, if you hold out for a few days, something might come up on the second hand market.

E@L, yes, it does. I can sell the whole thing to you for S$30.

Qing, you are right. I'm almost completely certain that anything flushed down our toilet would have passed NUS on its way to the nearest treatment plant. I should not have passed up that opportunity.

CR: Thank you for dropping by. 3 is a great age! I wish I had spent more time with the chicken when he was 3.

Anon: I think your fish are luckier than mine.

At 5:39 PM, Blogger coern said...

you make me and my wife laugh.

i can't wait to have kids! :p

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