First things first…….it has stopped raining!!! But what the heck, let’s keep a water theme going for one more day. Aquariums have sure come a long way from the globe shaped bowls that we had for what was perhaps a first pet. I had a goldfish and it’s name was Murgatroyd. I have absolutely no memory of why that was its name, I just remember the name. My Mother did use the expression “Heavens to Murgatroyd, but that still doesn’t explain why it became a fish name. He sat on my dresser in a bowl in my bedroom until his demise, and we had a sad farewell when my Mother informed me that he had to be buried down the toilet. Every time I see the Cosby episode of the toilet funeral for Rudy’s fish, I laugh until I almost pee my pants. How different our perspective is when we are kids. Then as adults my late husband contemplated a fancy salt water aquarium that was pretty big and I thought, wow, pretty cool and “maybe”. Then it became a 100 gallon, and although I always loved aquariums, it wasn’t going to happen in my house. They are like a TV, difficult to integrate into a home in any kind of non-starring role, i.e. they dominate a room. I also knew the upkeep would fall to me despite Phillip’s pleading puppy eyes…..”I promise, I will take care of it”! We already had dogs, cats and horses, and that was more than enough. Yet I always found myself mesmerized by fish and to this day wish there was the time and space to have one. I have thought about getting a Siamese Fighting fish because a reasonable sized bowl keeps them happy. I also love those Goldfish with the huge faces and eyes…..I would name mine Chubby. Alas, I still don’t have one, and with my schedule, probably better that I don’t. I am still wishing for a mini-horse because I miss having horses, but alas, Santa has ignored me.
I maintain that if every household had an aquarium, you could use it to calm down a child having a temper tantrum; and every dentist and doctors office should have one. I do remember that many did when I was a child. Anyway, let’s look at the evolution of aquariums, from small to amazing.
So there you have it. Water, sea creatures, whimsy, color and fascination. Hope that makes for a nice Wednesday for you all. Thanks for stopping by. Laters, charisse