A Fishy Business

It has been such a busy week I haven’t had a chance to tell everyone about our newest family members: We now have FISH!

Last week I was working with the Young Diplomat’s Program at Hampton University. For our final presentation–a production that incorporates all the different activities the students have been learning during the week (ballroom dance, drama, debate, choir, hip hop dance)–the assistant director wrote a story for her drama students to enact that had to do with goldfish.

This was the first time we had used goldfish as a theme for the production. (Usually we have used Chinese dragons.) And part of the set for the piece included a pond with a waterfall. The director of the production decided that the pond should have goldfish in it. So we bought gravel, plants, and 25 fish from a local store and introduced them into the environment the evening before the production. The next morning all but one of the fish survived the night and the production went off splendidly.

However, as we were taking down the set the question became, “What do we do with the fish?”  Several people said they wanted to take one or two, but in the end only one person actually took three.

I took the other 19.

I texted my husband the details and asked him to go get a tank and all the other fish paraphernalia and with absolutely no argument he said, “I’m on my way to Walmart.” (This is why I married him.)

So our household now has four people, three cats, and 19 fish. One of the cats, Marmalade, has proclaimed herself the “Mother of Fish,” and insists on watching them closely.

And we are quite enjoying the fish as well. We used to have two 30 gallon tanks, one salt water, one fresh, so we are very used to having fish. We even tried exotic creatures like clown fish and anemones, a peppermint shrimp, and a seahorse.

Now we have the guppies (they weren’t actually goldfish we discovered) and when I was at Walmart this week, I found something whimsical to make the fish feel more at home. 🙂


So I’ll leave you with that wonderful undersea theme song from “Spongebob Squarepants.”

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4 Responses to A Fishy Business

  1. Jenna, I love those fish. We have 4 cats who want to jump right in but I decided the fish needed a better home so I gave them to a good friend. It’s always something. Big hugs to you, my friend.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you, Charmaine! I have fears about the cats as well, however, one of them is scared of the fish, and we’ve been able (so far) to police the others. They’ll be on their own next week for a couple of days when we’re all on vacation, so we’ll see who wins this real life version of Survivor. LOL


  2. What have you named them? 😉

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      I said I was going to name them after all the people involved with the Young Diplomats program–but it is hard to identify individual fish! We have three color groupings: white, gold, and orange with black tails. I’m tending to call the white ones Bianca, the gold ones Gilda, and the orange and black ones Onyx. 🙂


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