Brenden the Fish passed away during the night. Aiden is, of course, completely hearbroken. He keeps asking me questions like “How come goldfish just don’t live all that long?” and “Why do fish float when they’re dead?” and I keep saying “I don’t know.” He finally asked me, “Why don’t you know anything, Mom?”
We had planned on going to the store tomorrow to get Brenden a companion. Now we’re going to get two new fish, but not goldfish. We’ll go someplace like Pet Smart where I’m pretty sure the fish are better off than the ones at Wal Mart (all those fish look half dead in the tanks. No way I’m gonna buy one and have it die the next day!!). And we’ll ask all sorts of questions to make sure we’re getting the right kind of fish for our family. As long as the fish are low maintanence, will be happy in our fishbowl, and won’t die in less than a week, I think they’ll fit in our family just fine. 🙂
Until then… lots of hugs and backrubs to Aiden. He’ll make it through, it’s just that this was his first pet. He’s very distraught. After school today, Aiden said, “I think Brenden is very sad.” I asked him why, saying “Don’t you think maybe he’s happy, living with Heavenly Father?” Aiden started to cry (again) and said, “No! I think he’s sad because he wants to live with me and I want Brenden to live with me, too!!” Very, very sad.