Yes these are my son's pet goldfish. We bought them at the party store for 20 cents a piece. I had no intention of putting them in water, I just thought he would enjoy them. He has done this all himself. He wants to feed them, I said no.
I feel like a pathetic mom, but only kind of, not enough to change my status. My children want a pet so bad, my husband does not like pets he likes animals. Pets are things that make your house hairy, animals serve a purpose. Although the two types can overlap as long as they are outside. From times to time I see a cute tabby and think oh I loved my cats, then my children pet the cat and then wipe their hands in my shirt and I sneeze, get itchy eyes and a dry mouth until I medicate. I will not have pet dander in my house. (Just as note, I don't care if other people have indoor pets as long as the house doesn't smell of urine, I just can't love anything that makes me want to rip my face off, yes that is how an allergy attack feels.) One day, we will have a yard with an outdoor animal. Until then, my son is subject to pet store visits and this:
For the record I had cats (indoor/outdoor) that I loved, until I became allergic. Then I had beta fish I loved in high school. Loved! how anyone can love a beta is beyond me, but I did, I would sing it to sleep during my midnight snack (at 9 pm) I would pet its bowl. I loved that fish until a family friend poisoned it while we were on vacation by over feeding. But with two small children I just don't have the love commitment of two years for a beta fish right now. All my betas have lived 2+ years, even the one poisoned. Three years of bowl cleaning and feeding. I get about enough cleaning and feeding with my two little ones. Three months is a commitment I can make which is where the goldfish comes in. That being said I did have a goldfish in elementary school that lived two years, yikes!