Tuesday, April 15, 2008

rest in peace Cody Mack Scrouch fish

This was the Betta fish that was Paige's first pet. I thought it would live forever and my sister assured me that they are darn near impossible to kill. And after all the assassination attempts on poor Cody's life from a myriad of preschoolers, I began to think Cody was immortal.

That all changed today. Cody had lived through countless over feedings and muck in his fish tank. I was tired of the stench and thought I would do him & Paige a favor and really clean out his tank good. Jason had cleaned it out just a day or two prior and his water again returned to pea soup status thanks to James. Anyway, I safely put him in a bowl & began cleaning his tank. What I've learned from this experience is that bleach & fish don't mix, no matter how many times you rinse out the rocks & filters - you might want to neutralize the water before returning the fix to it's "toxic" home.If not this is what you get... Paige didn't have the heart to flush her beloved friend she made me do it. I felt so crappy.

This is what breaks a mother's heart. I swear never to clean out another fish tank as long as I live. Look at that face and tell me you wouldn't feel the same. On the upside: she is willing to accept another fish as condolence for her loss.

5 comments:

The AZ McMillans said...

Oooooh, my heart breaks for Paige! It's so hard to lose a pet. And my heart breaks for you Mar. Maybe Cody Mack Scrouch II will put you in good graces again. How dare you try to clean the tank?

JC & Jen Young said...

Poor poor Cody (that sounds very strange to read and type) tell Paige we are very sorry for her loss. Umm and one more thing, you are one of those crazy bleach ladies like my mom!

The McMillans said...

Ouch, I am so sorry.

Abby Runyan said...

So sad, that picutre breaks my heart. I loved the tribute thing to you boys. How sweet is little James. and I'm still laughing at the helpful hints, to funny.

nikki said...

Oh Mare! I was just barely thinking of getting one of those fish :) but looking at Paige's sad face is giving me second thoughts. I love though that you were clicking away with your camera during the trauma! :) xoxoxoxo