2 months ago the children got their very first pet! A Siamese fighting fish each. We had 'Cheeky' "Rufus' and 'Mo Mo' even though they were only $6 fish the children fell in love and they finally got something to look after and call their own! These types of fish don't last very long, especially in the cold weather so a few days ago when 'cheeky' looked a bit under the weather we knew that we were about to face a challenge! Unfortunately 'Cheeky' gave up his battle today and closed his eyes and went to sleep. Fish are a hard case to deal with. Normally you would do a swift flush down the toilet, easy, done. We knew however that this wouldn't be the best scenario for Miss 8. She would need to see him, say goodbye and have closure. Yes you're all probably thinking I'm crazy and it is just a fish. But some children need this. They need to see it, think about it, process it all before they move on. Others can just say boo hoo and move on! Each child is different but I knew I had to handle this situation carefully and to eliminate as much hurt and sadness from the situation as possible. We wrapped him up and tied him with a bow and burried him in the back yard and put a flower on top!
Over dramatising...yes...creating a bigger situation than it should of been...possibly...but I know that Miss 8 will always have nice, beautiful and happy memories of loosing her first pet and she will always believe that 'Cheeky' is now in a better place.
x S.K.K x