Saturday, June 20, 2009

Betta Safe than Sorry

Hello my friends. I woke up thinking what a wonderful world we live in insofar as the internet is such an amazing tool for just about everything a person can think of. Isn't it strange that people, who you'd normally never know, much less talk to, convene and become chatty. There's always someone out there to offer themselves and rise to whatever need one has, whatever cause of the moment needs attention, or just to spend a sleepless night with.

Frank jumped to his death earlier this week. I came into work and went to feed he and Shirley when I noticed, well, there was only Shirley. My boss and I looked around and sure enough, Frank had dried out overnight and stuck, dangling, to a footstool next to his tank. He was a jumper, that Frank. He probably thought life would be better in the big pond where daily he watched, with apparent longing, the big fish swim around. How utterly astonished he must have been when he realized, oops, there ain't no water in that tank. But he had high hopes. I suppose there's a lesson to be learned from this. Suffice it to say Frank's lesson was, I suppose, "Dream big, but don't go over the wall." Frank and Shirley are, or in Frank's case, were Bettas. The divider came out and Shirley has the whole tank to herself now and Frank, well, he's in a bigger pond after all. I guess, in Shirley's case, it was betta safe than sorry.

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  1. Great story. I wonder how many of us have come soooo close to jumping. Sometimes I feel like bailing on this author thing, but I know I would "dry up" without it. Poor Frank - do you suppose Shirley had anything to do with it?

  2. Poor Frank! Shirley will need some space, time and maybe a little counseling before she's ready for another fish in her tank ;)

  3. Lucky gal! Now, she has the whole tank to herself.

    Sorry to hear about Frank though. I have a Betta (Rocky) and wouldn't want him to end his life that way. 'Course he can't jump. There's a plant towering over him.

    Lynnette Labelle

  4. About the word counter...I don't remember where I got it. I just googled word counter and there were several sites to choose from. Hope you find one you like.

  5. Upon Frank's little gravestone could be written: 'He tried'
    June in Oz