Friday, February 26, 2010

Fish




Meet "Fish". This was Emma's valentines day present from Daddy. Yesterday I passed by Fish and she (she is a girl according to Emma...and she also talks) was laying on the bottom of her tank, struggling for life. Now a good mother would have taken care of the situation immediately. Being a bit overwhelmed with two and it being close to dinner time I pretended that I didn't see "Fish" in the hopes that Daddy would be the one in the room when Emma discovered the plight of her new pet. About twenty minutes later Emma was standing over the tank saying "What wrong with Fish Mommy?". Yikes. Ok, so how do you explain death to a two year old? I explained that it looked like Fish was dying and that Daddy would tell her what to do when he got home. Since she doesn't understand what dying means she looked at me and said "Can I get a blue one next?". Phew. No crisis. No sadness.

So John gets home and tells Emma that Fish is just sleeping and that when they sleep they need to be flushed down the toilet like in Nemo to go the ocean. He was appalled that I would bring up death to a two year old. How would we explain this to her? I started singing "It's the circle of life....." which was very helpful and said a few words for Fish. Emma didn't seem to care about either explanation so we will save any real conversation with her for the future and just get her a new blue fish.

Crisis averted.

7 comments:

Jenny said...

i'm sure this isn't the appropriate response, but this made me giggle. i'm just picturing john and emma and then you bursting into song...

Ben and Emily Wells said...

This is hilarious!

Kristen Kill said...

Sarah, I just found your blog and *love* being able to see what your sweet family is up to! What a delight to have two! I completely agree with you 100% about going from 1-2 kiddos! It was so so hard for us. But then three was a breeze and so was four actually! I love this story. I can totally picture it! Glad to find a way to keep in touch with you guys.
Love Kristi Kill

Lee & Stacey said...

...so what happens when baby brother is sleeping...do we flush him down the toilet? :)

Lindsey said...

I guess Pell fish don't last very long :) At least you don't have a cat around to push over the tank and eat it.

shauna said...

Ha Ha...

Derrick Scheid said...

oh my gosh, I laughed out loud at this.