Sunday, October 4, 2009

On Fish, Books and Football

There is a new resident in our house, a small beta fish named Shape. Shape is a beautiful beta. He is blue and red and very fancy. Bunny loves him very much.

I was all for Bunny having a fish. In fact, I told her she could have a fish when she was six. She is not six. She is three and a half. I did not buy her the fish, daddy did. My main concern about bringing a fish into the house was not Bunny. It was the two furry felines that live with us. They like to hunt and in fact have each caught a mouse (or two). I was afraid that if the cats knew there was a fish, that fish would be no more. Then Bunny would be sad and we'd have to buy a new fish and the cycle would start again.

But he is here now. He will live in Bunny's room. The door will remain closed at all times. And hopefully the cats will remain blissfully unaware of his existence. Fingers crossed.

For my birthday last week, my parents bought me a book. Its not just any old book. It is THE book, Andrew Henry's Meadow. The book that I had them read to me every night of my childhood. It was a long book but I had it memorized. My dad would try to skip some pages but I always knew and called him on it every time. I loved that book. (They may or may not be making it into a movie which I am so going to see.)

So it was amazing to see it again after all of those years. I read it to Bunny, telling her it was my favorite story when I was her age. And then she had me read it again. And again. And again. Its a really long book. Really long. So I tried to skip a page and she called me on it.

Well played, Mom and Dad. Well played.

Now on to my football picks. The winners are in red and bold:

Tampa Bay @ Washington
NY Giants @ Kansas City
Cincinnati @ Cleveland
Oakland @ Houston
Tennessee @ Jacksonville
Seattle @ Indianapolis
Detroit @ Chicago
Baltimore @ New England
Buffalo @ Miami
NY Jets @ New Orleans
St. Louis @ San Francisco
Dallas @ Denver
San Diego @ Pittsburgh

Monday Night
Green Bay @ Minnesota
Combined Score - 45


~Laura said...

Good luck with your fish! Kids just love pets. My twins had a goldfish named Dorthy. She was named after Elmo's goldfish. They believed we had one Dorthy for 2 years. In fact, we had Dorthy 1,2,3,4 and 5 before we let them know that Dorthy had indeed passed on. I love children's literature and am not familiar with that story. I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the suggestion. I hope you enjoy reading it to your daughter.

Kirsten said...

I need to see some pictures of Shape! I bet Bunny loves him.

How great that your parents gave you that book. I love sharing my favorite books with my kids. They are getting old enough to really appreciate some of them now. Reading with them is by far my favorite time of the day.

Becky at lifeoutoffocus said...

i love that name for a fish. shape. so cute!

Heather said...

Just make sure that you keep up with the cleaning of the tank, Carli (aka the devil cat) was blissfully unaware of Rainbow the Beta until I didn't clean the bowl and Carli smelled her out. Then one sad day I accidentally let Carli into The Chicken's room when I was putting something in there and then closed the door and locked her and poor innocent Rainbow in. Le sigh.

Brittany at Mommy Words said...

Good luck with the fish. That is so something my hubby is about to do! I am so going to check out that book too!

anymommy said...

My kids absolutely love that book. It is really long - I totally try and skip pages.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I've never read that one before... I'll have to look it up at the bookstore. I love reading old favorites to the kids. That is - when they actually listen instead of fighting over who gets to say the next line.