It was an interesting weekend.
Wife and I drove to my Dad’s house for a day and a half. I’ve been feeling a bit guilty about not seeing him since my mum died last February.
I was worried about him getting lonely, so went for a visit last August, but he misunderstood my reasons for coming and as soon as I arrived he went out with his church group. I was really annoyed – he’s the reason I went.
So we went again on Saturday. The family all seems to be doing well. After asking how well life is in Toronto, and confirming that marriage is going well, he asked about grandchildren. My mum used to ask often, but I assumed that would stop. Now he’s started. After my saying ‘no’, and him saying “oh, come on” a few times, I pulled out the trump card: I told him about the vasectomy I had a couple of years ago. That shut him up, unfortunately disappointed.
The good side of the conversation was that it also included him asking what we have planned regarding care for my 2 sisters. They’re adopted and have Downs Syndrome. We’ve got a good plan already set up, but it was encouraging to hear him ask about it.
A new addition to the family is an aquarium with a bunch of fish in it. After looking at it for about 10 minutes, I turned to Wife saying “I want one.” I posted about my unexpected desire on Facebook (I’ve never wanted fish before), and a few minutes later a friend offered me his 20 gallon aquarium for free.
It’s now in our living room and I’m researching what fish to get. The plan so far is for two half-dozen little school fish (Neon Tetras and Zebra Danios), four Peppered Corydoras, and a Betta (Siamese Fighting Fish). From what I’ve read, they’ll make a compatible and peaceful aquarium that will look good and be relatively low-maintenance. The Siamese Fighting Fish really only fight when you have multiple males, and just to be safe I hope to get a female.
Wife is a little worried about getting attached to them just in case they die. To accommodate this, we’ve come up with a unique naming convention. They will ALL be named Eric, except for the one you’re focussing on. That one will be called Larry. So while you’re having a chat with Larry the Betta while she eats the fish food, she’s Larry. But as soon as your attention moves to one of the Corydora catfish, it will become Larry and the Betta will be Eric.