Sunday, July 15, 2007

Where Do Fish Go When They Die?

Matt and I would really like to know.

When we were between countries last spring, part of our helping Jack look forward to moving to a new house was promising him a pet fish for his room. So after most of the unpacking was done, Matt and Jack walked up to the local pet shop to pick his fish.

Chances are, if you’ve come to visit us, you’ve been introduced to Thomas, Dorothy and the Four Little Fish. Thomas is blue, just like Thomas the Tank Engine. Dorothy is orange, just like Elmo’s goldfish. And the Four Little Fish are tiny minnows that all look alike, so they just got lumped together.

Matt has taken full responsibility of periodically cleaning the fish tank. Today, as he was about to begin the process, he realized that Thomas wasn’t there. He called me in to ask if I knew what had happened, but I was as surprised as he was. The other fish were just swimming along as if nothing unusual had happened...

So now we’ve got to grapple with explaining, at a 4 year-old level, the theology of pet afterlife and the possibility of pet rapture as well.


Sharon Brumfield said...

How funny!
We had that problem once and acouple of days later I found it in a corner. I had left the lid off and it had jumped out.
It was sad----a little fish jerky. :(

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