Tuesday, December 08, 2009

A Quick Break From The Madness

I don't know what it is about going home, but as the date approaches I turn into my most obsessive self. Whereas I thought that while Guapo was traveling, I'd be leisurely blogging and whatnot, instead I've inundated myself in a slew of new projects. For example, this morning I spent almost two hours going through all of our medicines, throwing away everything that was expired and then separating them into gallon Ziploc bags according to their category. Why?????

And tonight I'm working on a few *meaningful* Christmas gifts that I can't really talk about because those who are receiving them may be reading this (and if they're not, they don't deserve the gifts!). We're talking some time consuming projects.

I had to take a quick break though and write about my sweet Juan Carlos (6 years old) tonight.

He won a beta fish at the school Halloween party (don't you love it when live animals are the prizes? yeah, me too). Anyway, he's been taking very good care of "Pumpkin" ever since; tonight Kitty somehow got Pumpkin out of his bowl (how I'll never know), and we found him on the floor in a little ball with Kitty looming largely over him. (Why do these things always happen when Guapo's out of town?)

Juan Carlos immediately broke down; I got him out of the room and called Julio to "take care" of the fish (i.e. put it in the toilet). Julio instead put Pumpkin in his bowl and he started to swim. Juan Carlos was relieved but I tried to explain to him that the fish was probably in shock and still might die.

And this is what got me, and why I had to blog tonight, he said, through his tears, "I want to take a picture with Pumpkin before he dies."

How sweet is that? Sometimes I just love my kids so much it makes me want to cry.

So, we had a little photo shoot; if I had time, I'd download them. But I don't, so just imagine a sweet, blond boy with red, swollen eyes trying to smile as he holds up his injured little fish.

I hope Pumpkin makes it through the night-it's been over an hour now and he's still swimming around, so I think it's possible.

And now, back to my projects.


Jeanie said...

Those Betas are pretty hardy. Jared and Justin got one each a couple of years ago....Jared's is still swimming. And if we were talking about the difference in kids...when Justin's died he fed it for probably two days before he noticed it was dead and Jared cried for two days over Justin's fish dying. Hope has also had one for a year or so.

Stephanie said...

Seriously, betas are sturdy little fish. Mine lasted for like 3 years. I couldnt believe it! Good luck!

Kari said...

Awww...thanks for blogging that one! Hang in there with your projects!

andalucy said...

What a sweet kid! That's a great story.

I'm sure my husband wishes I went into frantic organizing mode once in a while. :-)

Ballerina Girl said...

I know that little fishy! I'm pulling for you Pumpkin!
I love you and your kids...it is always so refreshing to be around you and them :)


Abby said...

He is so sweet! I took my little 4-yr-old cousin to buy a goldfish when I was babysitting her once...it was dead the next morning. Glad pumpkin seems to be a tough one! (but what will you do with him while you're traveling?)

Janice said...

Of course, you start cleaning like a mad person because you have to know what you need to bring back with you. Also, I do the same thing before a trip because I want to come home to a spotlessly clean house. I love the beta story.

Anonymous said...

I agree with all the other comments. Beta fish are TOUGH. I brought one back to life once and it lived for several months after that.