Monday, April 5, 2010

Like a Fish Out of Water...

Back to School

Meet Enrique. He's the Beta Fish who lives in a bowl in Madison, Wisconsin.

Enrique's been hanging out with Ella Numera Una for going on 2 years now. He almost didn't make it to Mad City, though.

Enrique replaced another Beta, who lived in a recycled rum bottle for a couple of years. Isn't 2 years a long time for a fish like this to hang around? And no, I don't think Enrique's predecessor floated around in an inebriated state. I'm told the bottle had been thoroughly washed out before the fish took up residence.

This parable has a point, I promise. But first I must tell you about Enrique's almost-early demise.

This good-lookin' guy had been swimming around in another college town over the summer. When it was time to move to Mad City, Ella Una's little sister saddled up to make the trip. She put Enrique, in his bowl, on the front passenger seat. He likes to ride shotgun, you see.

Thing about my youngest chica is that she's not too swift at directions. And this day~the day of Enrique's debut on a new stage~was no exception.

As Ella Numera Dos neared town, she whipped out her cell phone to get her bearings. She was distracted~natch~from trying to get directions & drive at the same time. A car tried to cut her off in the intersection. Dos slammed on the brakes. Enrique, bowl & all, somersaulted to the floorboard.

Did I tell you that my youngest is creeped out by fish?

As Enrique gasped for breath, Dos sprang into action. She couldn't show up at her sister's pad with a dead fish, now, could she? Luckily for both, this chica doesn't clean her car out much. There was an empty soda cup lying right there on the floorboard, beside the flailing fish. My kiddo scooped up Enrique and plopped him in the 2 or so inches of water that remained in the bowl.

All these months later, Enrique is the picture of perfect health. Except that he sometimes floats in one position for hours on end. Or swims around on his back. Or floats up to the top of the bowl, only to suddenly divebomb the little tchotchkes decorating the bottom.

Enrique's an odd duck...er, fish.

This fish tale is brought to you by Our Humble High School. I'm headed back there today, after almost 2 weeks off. I imagine I'll feel a little like Enrique. More than slightly out of my element.

23 comments:

PJ said...

That post was adorable! speaking of swimming around on his back, have you ever seen an albino upside down catfish? When I was married to my last husband, we bought an aquarium thinking the fish would "calm" his son down. Ha! Anyway one of the fish I bought was Herman the albino upside down catfish. I could sit and watch him for hours. There was just something about those pink eyes! Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I'm beginning to get a complex. I thought my posts might be too long, so I cut them down but it didn't seem to make a difference. Anyway, thank you. As far as the Easter Bunny, he took me out for supper. I really enjoyed our Easter service at church today also.

God Bless1

PJ

Farmers Wife said...

For some reason, Enrique sounds like a sexy fish...

Queenie Jeannie said...

So glad the little guy is ok!! Did you know we used to live outside of Madison before moving to GA?? Small world!

Acting Balanced Mom said...

so glad that enrique lived to tell the tale... my daughter had a blue beta fish when she was little... appropriately named... Bluey... he was a great source of convo for her for a while :)

The Blonde Duck said...

Maybe he's half duck, half fish! :)

Or just brain damaged.

Jonna said...

Enrique <3! Did you know it's actually illegal-of-sorts to keep a fish in a bowl here in Finland? I find it a tad ridiculous, if the fish has the space to move around in and be happy, but eh. I'd love to have a fish bowl, but I don't really want to risk being reported and losing all my pets as a result... but I don't have the energy to take care of a full aquarium on top of seven other pets...

Happy Easter! :)

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Quite an adventure for you little fishy! Beta fish are very pretty! Glad he survived! Good luck back at school again!

Denise said...

What a cute post! You actually had me wanting to read to the end and rooting for Enrique :)

yonca said...

Enrique looks awesome! We have a goldfish in the bowl.His name is Leo.My son named it!
This is our second fish.First one lived for 2 years.

Joanne said...

I like Enrique, he sounds like he's got lots of spunk, and keeps everyone well-entertained!

Cheers to Enrique :)

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Enrique is clearly a superior fish - and surely you will be just as adorable and lovable at the school!

Christina Lee said...

GO ENRIQUE!!! Out Beta fish is in fishbowl heaven but not before he killed and ate every other fish we put in the bowl with him ;-)

Susie said...

He is a modern day Nemo:-)

Jenn@ You know... that blog? said...

Lucky Enrique!

Totally off topic, but I LOVE that you have a beer boot... have you mastered the secret to drinking from it? (I don't drink beer, but I've been witness to many a beer boot bout)

BTW, Enrique is the name of my friend "ShaMoo"'s imaginary pool boy. Mine is Jorge.

xoxoKrysten said...

Yay for Enrique, great post!

BLOGitse said...

Enrique rocks!

Greetings from Casablanca!
We love it here!
Air is clean, traffic is not bad, we can walk again! :)
Pics coming later when I have better internet connection...

BLOGitse

Yummy Mummy said...

I had a Beta fish..Fishsticks. He lived for about a year before he suddenly turned all white and then died.

Together We Save said...

My Beta fish story is kinda sad... yes as I was changing the water; I accidently poured the Beta fish into the garbage disposable.

Tara R. said...

Good to hear Enrique's story had a happy ending.

Writing Without Periods! said...

What a cool name for a fish. I love it.
Mary

Sarah said...

this story makes me strangely thirsty. i think i'll get some water now.

miss jo said...

Pobre Enrique ! How many lives do fish have ? May he never have to leave another college town, and if so, maybe in a ziplock bag.

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

I enjoyed this post!. Seriously it made me think that i need to have a goldfish like Enrique.

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