But we had gotten over-run with fish tanks. At one point we had four tanks at 225 total gallons in our house. It got to be too much. One by one we have taken tanks down, and recently I considered having no tanks at all. But then I thought about all that the kids have experienced through having fish here. "Shish-y" is always one of our kid's firsts words, and a first sign language word. Then there is the fun of hoisting a little two year old up to the tank to let them sprinkle food flakes into the water. There is the thrill when you have to catch all of the fish to clean the tank, and the fright of one busting out of the brink and flopping on the floor.
I thought about family reunions 20 years from now when Ethan or Adam might say, "Do you remember the time we had that tank...?" and having Jonah feel out of the loop. It's not even about the fish, it's about continuity. It's about trying to provide children of two completely different decades a similar upbringing when it comes to the things that matter. Like shishies.
So I put a smallish 30 gallon tank back up in the living room. Jonah loves to sit in his car seat and watch the fishies swim. No, he won't remember that crazy 120 gallon tank that was just feet away from him when he was born, but that's OK. I bet I already know what one of his first words will be.
Besides, we needed to make room for something else.....
(to be continued!)