Friday, April 6, 2012

A-Z. Fish

Bob was 8 years old when he finally kicked the bucket.

Bob was a carnival goldfish.

We put him in a glass bowl that I had bought for decoration. The bowl was HUGE and we watched him swim in circles getting biGGer and SMaLLer as he swam around and around, side to side looking for the nearest exit.

Our family had fun for a couple of days with the expectation that he would not survive.

The novelty wore off and the kids went on with their lives leaving Bob on the dining room table to fend for himself.  We did nothing to encourage his growth, we (I) fed him when I remembered to, I changed his water only when I couldn't find him in the clouds anymore...and every time I did these things I mumbled to myself "What the Heck? How can you still be alive?"

Carnival fish are the toughest, longest lasting Goldfish..the Survivors!

3 years into Bob's life Sam and I decided that if Bob was going to be a survivor, he at least deserved a roomy.. a friend. We weren't really sure what would happen because of Bob's innate survival skills, so we picked the smartest looking fish in the tank and brought him home. His name was Orv (short for hors d'oeuvres.... just in know....I'm a realist).

He made it..

Bob The Dominant, claimed his feeding rights, but only with the free-floating-food. Orv waited. It was more fun to watch them now that there was a relationship to follow. On occasion I would come down the steps to find one or the other lying on the floor next to the 4.5 foot tall pillar that I had moved their bowl to. I didn't ask...they would only deny it anyway.

Orv was second in command. He was a survivor too. Orv lived beyond Bob's passing but never forgot his buddy Bob. He took flowers to the gravesite and  burned incense on his birthd......

(BwaAh ha ha Chuckle Snort...sorry this is getting way too silly, I can't keep it up)...

Feel free to share Bob's story. 


  1. Haha aww, great story :) I have fond memories of funfair goldfish. I had two, named Bernard and Space-Pirate. They lived for a grand total of three and a half days before my baby brother fed them an entire bottle of warm milk!

    Nikki – inspire nordic

  2. Thanks Nikki. Warm Milk? I'm shuttering. Bob would have survived that but I don't think Orv would have. :)

    1. Hahaha! Loved that story, GREAT! That is a long time for a fish. We had Dory 1, 2 and 3 in the span of a year. No more fish for us.

    2. Carnival Fish aren't negotiable, if they win have to take it. So sayeth the carnival moms. ha ha

  3. I had a carnivorous fish once too! He was feisty. Great post and happy A-Z blogging.

    1. Thanks S.L. I like your blog about Sci-Fi. I'm a fan, but probably of a different era. More like Star Trek the T.V. series. lol! Great Blog!

  4. What a fun post! Oh wait maybe it should be sad since he did pass... I can't help it you made me chuckle. Enjoyed it, stopped in from A-Z, bet I will be back!
    until next time... nel

  5. Thanks Nel. Nice to have you visit. I checked out your blog too. It's awesome. I love photography as well. The flowers are beautiful. Have a great Easter.

  6. Bob had a great life. We had carnival fish but I don't think any of them lived longer than a week.

    Rhia from Five Minute Piece for Inspiration (around #800 on A to Z Challenge).

  7. The one week period of life seems to be a trend. I guess if they survive...they are survivors through and through. It's a great story to reminisce about with my kids (now adults).


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