July 11, 2012


In a rare acknowledgement that his brother is a human being with feelings and not a slug, Zachary wanted to buy Benjamin a fish to replace the late Crabby.  Zach never spends any of his allowance, so he had the cash, although I told him I’d go in with him.  So, after camp yesterday, we took a family field trip to Petco and came home with Lovey, a male Betta fish.

Lovey is now happily ensconced in Crabby’s old aquarium, swimming around the pink plastic tree Ben bought with his savings.

I can’t tell you how many times this morning I’ve been in that room to make sure the damned fish is still alive.

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  • Reply Lilian Nattel July 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    That’s very sweet of Zachary. It always gives me hope when I see that kind of generosity of spirit.

  • Reply Jennifer July 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Maybe you should use one of those video baby monitors so you don’t have to keep going in there.

    Zachary’s a good brother.

  • Reply magpie July 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    that is most excellent.

  • Reply Deena @ stay at home FOODIE July 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    So sweet. And don’t worry. If I haven’t killed our betta fish yet (and I’ve been secretly trying) you should be fine.

  • Reply Heather July 18, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Sometimes the love and selflessness they show one another is so strong it causes me real heart pain. And that they can so quickly go from harassing a sibling to then being a defender of the same kid. Constantly amazing.

    Good luck with the fish. Damn things live forever. You may still be feeding the stupid thing when your kids are grown.

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