Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Orange The Goldfish

October 2005 - April 5, 2006

Orange The Goldfish joined our family in October of 2005. The Ladybirds of London owe a great debt to this loving, humble fish. During this period, Winston frequently captured ladybirds and attempted to imprison them indefinitely in our home. Orange was our solution to The Great Ladybird Kidnapping Dilemma.

A amiable and clever fish, he eagerly kissed Winston’s finger whenever it was quietly thrust into the bowl. And no, the reward of extra food was not what motivated him. Knowing that extra little treats make for dirty water, we had to clean his bowl a wee bit more frequently. We didn’t mind the extra work. He contributed greatly to our household, not just with his loving kisses, but because his old bowl water contributed to the exceptional growth of our houseplants.

Orange took ill on April 2, 2006. Winston noticed that he was quieter than usual. He lived an active life, often zooming and swimming around his bowl. He could be very excitable when humans approached. Often, he swam to the top of his bowl when Winston approached in the anticipation of a finger to kiss. However, on April 2nd of 2006, he exhibited less of that sort of behaviour, preferring the bottom of his bowl. I didn’t think anything of it. Sometimes even little creatures need a bit of space from a toddler.

Orange’s room was on the dining table next to my computer. I usually observe Orange during the day - as I type emails, blog or during meals. However, I worked all day yesterday. I didn’t pay much attention to Orange last night when I came home. After all, I’d been away from my boy all day.

This morning, we woke up and noticed Orange floating sideways at the bottom of his bowl. Some quick internet research suggested that he either had Fluke or Swimbladder Disease. As soon as we were able, we raced out to the pet store seeking a solution. We purchased the medicine - but - the sunny day had captured Winston’s adventurous spirit. We arrived home at 1:00 p.m. We administered the medicine and provided necessary intervention.

Orange the Goldfish, Ladybird Liberator of London made his transition at 1:48 p.m. GMT. He is survived by his family, Christina and Imani Springer, Norman and Winston Ives Nunley.

Winston is taking it the hardest and is still in denial. He keeps insisting that Orange is just resting. Christina and Norman are deeply saddened and wondering what they could have done differently. The family is undecided at present whether or not they should invite another dear fishy into their lives. They understand that not all fish are heroic, and they were blessed to be embraced by such a loving, courageous soul . In addition, the cost at present of providing more suitable accommodations is prohibitive.

Orange will be missed by family and friends. Suitable memorial arrangements are currently being discussed - burial at “sea” or “back to earth?”

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