Friday, October 14, 2011

fish and a birthday wish

Abi's third grade class just finished their unit on guppies.
You know what that means - some lucky students get to take guppies home!
I remembered to sign the note saying Abi could have a guppy but I forgot to send a jar for the guppy to come home in.  Oops!
Thank goodness for a BFF like Sophie who offers to let Abi's guppy go home in her jar.
Roommates...or jar mates.

I think our kids have learned how we parent. 
I have several moms with whom I do life. 
That means when I need another mom for one of my kids, I call one of these girlfriends.
When I need to borrow something, I call one of these moms.
When I'm in an awkward situation and need help, I'm not too embarrassed to ask for help from one of these fantastic ladies.
If I know one of my girlfriends has a need, I do what I can to meet it.
We all have similar values, morals, standards and fuss over our kids the same way.  That means the kids are going to encounter the same rules and expectations when they're with their friends.  It means our kids will be happy, healthy and loved when they're with one of these other moms.

I guess that means when your friend needs a home for her guppy, you offer to share space in your jar.
This arrangement worked out very well because Sophie left town just 36 hours after getting her new guppy. the spirit of doing life together, Sophie took care of the fish for the first 2 nights and now they are in Abi's care.

Wow, I'm not sure I expected this post to go that direction.
Back to the fish at school.
Apparently, other parents forgot to send notes or jars because there were quite a few guppies left after the first round went home.
So, that means if you have a super, duper fun mommy, you get to take more guppies home.
Day 2, we get 2 more guppies.
And Sophie gets 2 more guppies who are sharing space in Abi's jar we remembered on day 2.

Here's a funny story - the kids waited for several weeks at school for the guppies to have babies.  No babies during the entire unit.  On the way down the hall leaving the classroom, one little boy's guppy had a baby.  You should have heard the squealing from the kids!  I think those poor fish were under too much pressure in the classroom to deliver babies with all those kids watching all day long.  This lucky little guppy owner had 32 baby guppies by the time that mommy was finished.  That's not a typo - 32 BABIES!  Now I understand why mommy guppies eat their young.  I'm pretty sure I would be overwhelmed with 32 babies and would need to lighten the load a bit :)
Thank goodness that very pregnant mommy didn't make it into either of our jars.
We're not equipped for 32 baby guppies.

Moving on...
Miss Sophie has a birthday today, October 14th.
She is a great big 9 years old today.
We won't get to see Sophie on her birthday so we thought it would be fun for these little fish to send Sophie a birthday wish.

We sure do love you, Miss Sophie!


Amy said...

Aw... we love you guys, too! Thanks for the sweet birthday wish! From fish! :)

Anonymous said...

you guys should get a better tank because the jars that you are keeping them in are bad and for that many fish you should look into a 10 gal with a filter and separate girls from boys or thare will be more babys than you can count it could be 32*the amount you have if you have males and females together