Monday, December 14, 2009

The End of the Fish Dynasty

Last night, my dad told me over the phone that my much loved and sole surviving goldfish, Aquarius, had passed away. I'm not quite sure if he considered this happy or sad news since he has been caring for my fishes ever since I moved to Perth in February 2001. To some, it may only be a fish but, for me, it is quite sad. I first got Aquarius and George (who died two years ago) in January 2000, just before I started Year 12. Yes, Aquarius was almost 10 years old when she departed this life. Coupled with George who was seven, and Maud, who I had from 1998-2006, I really did have an outstanding dynasty of fishes. All of the fishes I had before them passed away after relatively short lifespans but my three fantail goldfish proved to be very hardy.

Some people don't understand the attraction of keeping fish. "They're boring," they say. "They don't do anything." But fish are incredibly relaxing to watch. Sometimes, my mum would put on a CD and I swear my fish were moving in time to the music! I'm planning to bring my aquarium up here and convince Duncan I need to get more fishes.


Jillian said...

Are they like sheeps?

Sarah said...

One fish, two fishes hehe ;)

Jillian said...

A Dr Seus Book comes to mind..
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

'"Fishes" is the proper plural form fish and is only used when you are speaking about two or more fish species, as in "There are over 25,000 fishes in the world" (meaning that there are over 25,000 fish species in the world). When speaking of many fish that all are part of the same species, then the word "fish" is used. "Fishes" is not a word that you would be likely to hear in general conversation.'

But I'm sure you know all this already and are just playing around! hehe ;)

Sarah said...

Yes, just playing around. my head is overloaded from all that info hehe.

I just happen to like the word fishes even if it's not 'correct'.

One fish, two fishes.
One mouse, two mouses.