Monday, June 2, 2008

Goodbye Bluey

Last week I had a disturbing dream about our Beta fish Bluey. In my dream, he was out of his bowl I was trying to get him into some safe water and he was squirming around all over the place. I couldn't find water that had been treated, so I hurried and put some drops in some water and put Bluey in it. He started freaking out and I realized I was supposed to wait 30 minutes for the drops to de-chlorinate the water before I put him in. Well, I woke up and was relieved it was only a dream. Then this morning I noticed how dirty Bluey's bowl was, so I put him in a smaller bowl and rinsed and cleaned his bowl. I put the drops in and set both bowls on the kitchen counter. I planned on coming back to put Bluey back in his bowl after 30 minutes. I went about my day and it was lunch time, so I went to the kitchen to fix lunch. I peeked in the small bowl to check on Bluey and to my surprise he wasn't there!!!! I looked in his regular bowl, but he wasn't there either. So I was frantically looking on the counter, in the sink and then I saw him... He had jumped out of his bowl and landed on the kitchen rug. I started screaming (I'm still not sure why I reacted this way). I could see he had been out for several hours b/c he was sort of shriveled. I quickly plopped him back into the bowl to see if by some miracle he'd hit the water and be revived. But of course, he just floated there. I continued to scream and then I started crying. Lukas came to my aid and asked what was going on. I told him about Bluey and he said, "Well, maybe we can buy a new one." I called Pat hysterical and explained what happened. Lukas had climbed up on the kitchen counter at this point and stuck his finger in the water and Bluey moved. Probably just reflexes, but we both freaked out and started screaming! Poor Lukas. I am really tramatizing him! I got off the phone and ran to find Lukas (he jumped off the counter and ran away). He was fine, but I was balling like a baby! He looked at me and said, "Awww, Mom, it's okay. Don't be sad. C'mere." And the put his arms around me and told me we could buy a hamster or something. How crazy is this? I'm crying hysterically over a little fish and my 3 year-old son is comforting me! Whew. What a day. I just feel like I could've saved Bluey. If I transfered him to his water sooner, or noticed him sooner....there is always "what if", right? At this point I wonder if we can ever get a pet bigger than a fish b/c I do not want to deal with any more deaths. Bluey was a good little fish and was pretty to look at. Sorry that you jumped out of your water. I wish I could've saved you. We'll miss you Bluey!

7 comments:

The Lantz Family said...

Sad! My sister's Beta jumped out of their bowl too. Looks like your dreams have a funny way of coming true - indirectly. Interesting. Will we see you Saturday?

Kenna said...

OH MY GOSH!!!! You are too funny! I can picture you standing there, screaming your lungs out! Well, not standing, but doing some little jig, but in the same spot, or maybe running to a fro! Thanks for the laugh! You're crazy!! (But I love you anyway!)

Natalie said...

As sad as this is, this made me laugh. Sweet Lukas. I think fish die more than any other pet so maybe you'd be ok with a bigger pet lol.

Kimberly said...

Poor Bluey. I think that is so cute how Lukas comforted you. What a sweet boy.

Patty R said...

Oh JaNece, I got emotional reading this, I know it's kind of funny, but I cried when my Beta fish died too. You get so attached to pets, even if it's just a fish. I'm sorry about your little fishy. Lukas is such a sweetheart how he comforted you.

Casey and Whitney MCkell said...

Janece I am so sorry for your loss!! Is it wrong that this story brought tears to me also!! Although I couldnt stop lauging thats where the tears came from!! You crack me up!!
Lucus is a doll!! I love that kid

Mindy said...

First Marianna's fish, now this??? What am I going to do with you! Hahaha. I hope you're able to laugh about this by now... Bluey is in a better place. :)