when i was pregnant with brandon, just around the time jonathan turned two, he became obsessed with sea animals. he asked to go to the aquarium every single day, watched sea episodes of all his favorite shows and splashed in the tub every single night with all his sea animals toys.
on a summer day that was pouring rain, we had just finished watching baby einstein’s neptune’s ocean dvd in spanish when he started saying “quiero ver pez!” over and over again. call it hormones, or just being a sucker for my kid, but i packed him up and headed straight to the pet store with the intention of getting him his first pet along with a small tank and some food. i didn’t tell nelson till after we were already home with our new fish!
now, i’ve had several beta fish in my life, but none that i got so attached to myself. this fighter even withstood brandon’s newborn phase when he was definitely neglected and overlooked.
here, in june of 2013, we decided to take some pictures of him with the boys with our new camera. we gave him some medicine changed his water and tried to commemorate him as we were sure rocky’s days were numbered. he was sick and according to our experience, we thought he was past the point of getting better.
of course he made an amazing comeback, we upgraded his tank to a larger one with a light and filter and grew even more attached to him. the little guy was older than brandon for pete’s sake!
it was with immense sorrow and a few tears that we said goodbye to our rocky on easter day this year. we found him in his favorite spot with no more life left in him. once we emptied the tank, brandon just thought it looked weird without him in it, but jonathan cried to have his fish back…
so here i am, posting the images i never had to use until now.
thank you for surviving with us for so long and for being jonathan and brandon’s first pet. hope fishy heaven is treating you well, rocky.
*images from june 2013