Sunday, March 16, 2008

Just In Time for St. Patrick's Day

There has been a birth in our home - no, I'm not talking about me, silly! On my HSB blog, I have talked about our pregnant female guppy "Boney". Tonight, as my daughter was dutifully feeding her guppies, I saw something near the bottom of the tank. On closer inspection, I could see it was a baby guppy - less than 1/4" long. I was mesmerized by this teeny little fish. So perfect in detail yet so tiny. I snapped out of it and hollered for my oldest son, Chad, the fish expert. Everyone sprang into action. Middle son, Alec, jumped out of bed and ran for the prepared fish bowl. Chad took the fish bowl from him and filled it with water, then he got the net and tried to get the guppy out before an adult mistook it for dinner. I sent Carmen for a towel - she needed a job. Unfortunately, the baby guppy swam too close to the filter. We didn't see it after that (sadness fell over everyone). But we did net out "Boney" so she can give birth in the safety and comfort of her own fish bowl. Tomorrow (on St. Patrick's Day, no less - Irish blood flows abundantly here), we are hoping for many more baby guppies. My kids want to sell them to the local fish store - and get rich! Aren't they cute little dreamers. I promise I'll post a photo of my darlings someday - no, not the guppies, my kids!

Oh, what excitement there was! Did anyone want to sleep -of course not! Why do these things always happen at bed time?

Anyway, I praised the fish crew for their quick action and everyone went to bed with smiles on their faces. (Todd, darling, if you read this before the kids are up, don't let on that you already know. Thanks!)

I didn't even know what a guppy was until my daughter got some for her tank. I'm always amazed at the things I learn through my children. Life would be so dull without them.


Rebeca said...

How exciting! You may just become a guppy midwife!! Can you send a little of that birthing energy down this way? :>

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

How fun! Babies of any kind are wonderful.

appleleaf said...

Oh, I'm sorry about the loss of that first little one. I can imagine you all giving them Irish sounding names in honour of St. Patrick's Day.