Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Poor Poor Pepper

About a week ago I noticed that Damon's little beta, "Pepper" wasn't behaving as usual. The bowl needed to be cleaned and I kept putting it off.
Then on Sun. Damon called, "Mom, come and look at Pepper."
I thought, "Oh, no. I should have cleaned his bowl and now he is dead and it's all my fault. Maybe we can get a new one."
I was right in the middle of dinner and said, "I'm sorry I can't right now."
That is when he came to me with tears in his eyes. "When I touch the bowl, he usually swims around, but he is just laying there and barely moving." At this moment I realized this fish was a lot more important to him than I thought.
I set the dinner aside and hurried in to look at the fish, which totally looked dead, and consoled my poor little buddy. Then I also see the fish move. Not in a normal healthy way, but to my suprise, still alive.
Pepper didn't look good and I talked with Damon about the fact that he probably wasn't going to last much longer. Damon was truly mourning which I didn't really expect. He was so upset.
He kept checking on the fish to see if he was doing any better. Each time whispering, "Pepper, please don't die."
I kept checking on the fish to see if he was dead yet. The whole time feeling so bad knowing there was nothing we could do but pray. Which we did.
By bedtime there was still a flutter at his gills and I didn't want to euthenize the poor thing so I just thought we would take care of him in the morning.
Upon waking I look in and think Pepper is dead, again.
Upon waking Damon looks closer and notices the fish is still alive, again.
This continued until today. I really don't know how many times I was sure the poor thing lying in the gravel at the bottom of the bowl was dead and then it would prove me otherwise. I think he is gone for sure this time, but I'm still not certain I won't wake up tomorrow to find I am wrong again. Time will tell.
As for Damon he says he wants a new fish, but he is afraid it will remind him of Pepper. He drew a picture of Pepper in his prime to remember him by.
This fish was a trooper. I have really never seen anything like it. It was one of the weirdest things I have ever seen.
So, tomorrow after school we will bury the little guy in our backyard and move on. Now I just need to decide if a new fish is right for us. Hmmm, still not sure.

Friday, November 13, 2009

"Star Student"

So much fun for the "Star Student." Special show-and-tell, special helper, un-birthday celebration.
Photo by Cordie
I'm taking treats in today and I always love visiting Damon at school. I help in his class on Thursday's and yesterday I stayed for lunch. It is so much fun! If your children's school allows lunch visitors you should take advantage of it. They are so cute and responsible. And I love the little "kid community." After lunch we played kick ball on the playground. It was very nostalgic.

I also wanted to share this fun idea. I saw the technique in "Creating Keepsakes" Nov. 2009 on a layout in fall colors. I chose a monochromatic color scheme and used the technique on a card. Just cut or punch out equal sized squares. Then round 2 corners and arrange with 4 like corners together. It a good way to use up some of my little scraps.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

We tricked, We treated, We conquered!

Damon was so intent on carving his own pumpkin from start to finish. It may have taken A WHILE, but he was pretty proud of the end result.

The robot costume was an idea he had for a long time and he finally pulled it off. All the Wal-E talk finally came in handy!

The Trunk-or-Treat was so fun, but we ran out of candy twice. I didn't have to turn anyone away though since Tyler just stopped by the trunk next door and took some of theirs. I guess when you're a giant Rubix Cube, you can get away with it.