Pets, Family And Memories
There were so many pets that brought me happiness as a child. There were a few that made me cry when I lost them. There’s one class of pets that somehow became a family passion. They’re called “Fishes.”
One day, when I was about 6-7 years old, my father brought me and my sisters 3 colorful Koi fishes. One was golden-yellow, the other orange and one a cool mixture of black, white and bright orange. I was so happy and excited. We didn’t have an aquarium then so my dad placed the fishes in a rectangular yellow plastic container with an aerator to circulate the air and create some cool looking bubbles. I would wake up each morning so excited to feed the Koi fishes. Then they grew so big that we need to make a pond. It was the beginning of my love for these amazing , gentle and colorful creatures.
Red Shrimps And Guppies
Last March, on my trip to the Philippines. I didn’t realize how my sisters got so intensely passionate about freshwater tropical fishes. The entire backyard was full of ponds and aquariums. These aquariums were still left overs from a fish store me and my sister put up 12 years ago. There were so many varieties from the red and blue tailed guppies to the rare red shrimps to the enormous catfish. Every morning, I would watch my sisters, nieces and nephews feed the fishes with so much joy. They told me that they find it relaxing and therapeutic. Sometimes I would wake up in the morning with their almost melodious laughter. It was a beautiful way to start a brand new day on top of a freshly grind brewed coffee.
One of my fondest memories, was seeing my son feed the fishes with his Uncle Rocky. My son looked so happy and excited. He would lean over the pond in such a way that he looked like he’s about to dive. Like a split second flashback, I saw my little self feeding the guppies, letting them feed and swim on my palm, some of them nibbling my fingers. I remember not just the image but of what it felt like. It was a happy, childhood magical moment always frozen in time.
“Dad, watch this,” shouted my son as he held his hand under water with the fish food floating on top of it. Then I saw the guppies swimming on his palm. Some nibbling the food while others curiously nibbling his little fingers. His smiled, laughed and jumped with glee. I just stood still silent and hanging on to the moment for as long as I can.
Pets are more than just pets. They are a part of us. A part of our family. A part of a wonderful memory that sometimes we get lucky to recreate.
Sunday Post: Pets
I hope this entry for my Sunday Post about “Pets” made you remember the many beautiful memories your favorite pet gave you and your family through the years.
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