Monday, June 20, 2011

A Fish Is Beginning to Look Good Right Now!

Last week, I posted how my daughter wants to have a pet, but we're having a hard time figuring out what type since she and my husband are allergic to dogs and cats (see here).

We really do have to come up with a solution. Yesterday, a fly flew into the house. I was on my way out the door and didn't have a change to kill it before I left. Today, the fly was hanging out on a window in the dining room. My daughter named it Flutter. How could I possibly kill the darn thing after my daughter named it?

Later in the day, my daughter came up to me, pretty upset. "I think that Flutter is dead!" she said. "Why do you think that?" I asked. "Is Flutter missing from the dining room window?" "No, Flutter is laying on the window sill, not moving." I followed her into the dining room and saw Flutter lying on her back, feet splayed in the air.

"Yup, it doesn't look good for Flutter," I said. My daughter started crying. I comforted her, assuring her that flies live something like 3 days, and I'm sure Flutter died of old age. I got a paper towel and moved Flutter outside where she would enjoy being with nature (and hopefully a bird will come and dispose of her body).

That night, during prayers, my daughter prayed for Flutter. She said, "I know many people would consider Flutter to be a pest, but I think flies are kind of fun to hang out with!"

Maybe getting a fish isn't such a bad idea after all!


  1. That's so cute! It gave me a good laugh this morning. At least a fly is a step up from a Pet Rock... and has more personality.

  2. She is so adorable!! :"Flies are kinda fun to hang out with" Priceless!
    But it is a slippery slope. I was not planning on pets but the kids begged & I got them fish. Next I found a kitten in the back yard. It had an eye infection so I brought it in just to clean it up. My Son took one look at it and exclaimed, "That cat is named Dexter. He'll sleep in my bed. He's My best friend!" O.K. I'm a sucker. Then My daughter took a class at the Humane Society & we came home with a Dog from the pound who was going to be put down. So I pop allergy pills & vacuum a lot. But the kids are happy.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. I have a feeling one of Flutter's relatives may decided to move into your house soon.

  4. If your house is anything like mine you'll probably soon have a Flutter 2...and 3...and 4...

    I thought this was the cutest story...especially her prayer.

  5. Warning on the fish: their tanks get disgusting really fast, just sayin'. We've got two, and hubs and I argue over whose turn it is to clean the damn things.

    But yes, the girl needs some sort of pet, and a fish is probably the easiest!

  6. Don't get a fish. They aren't much fun to play with and you have to clean out the tank and feed them and they die way too easily.

    You know, there are dog breeds that are hypo-allergenic.

  7. We are super awesome parents in that we have a dog and 3 cats, and here I have a kid who will soon be starting allergy shots b/c he is so dang allergic to everything on earth. Yay us! K has had a beta fish for a long time. Well, 4. She only thinks 2, though...ha. Ben wants a lizard...I am afraid of it getting out and murdering me in my sleep. I really am not an animal person at all...I have no idea how we have practically become a farm.

  8. Do you have a local zoo? Maybe she could "adopt" an animal. She'd probably enjoy learning all about spider monkeys (or whatever), and you wouldn't have to fit animal care into your schedule.

  9. I miss Flutter already.

    My pet suggestion? Chia Pet.