Mom bought a big new filter for the smaller fish tank because she said the fancy goldfish are growing and the Fish Surprise is winning the battle. I have seen her grimly cleaning the gravel with the Quiet Vacuum a lot lately, so maybe this will help the situation.
Jamie took this opportunity to ask if he could get a Betta fish for his bedroom and Mom completely flipped out. “No!” she snapped. “I am cleaning up Fish Surprise in two rooms and Dog Surprise in the backyard. There is (surprise!) everywhere and you don’t need more (surprise!) in your room! I’m not getting another thing to clean up after!”
I watched this heated retort with great interest, head cocked to one side. But Jamie didn’t return fire, he just looked crestfallen. It is true that no one but Mom cleans up any of the surprises. Dad will just point to them with his eyebrows raised and say, “Hmmmm?”
Mom used to say that if she was rich, she would get a horse. I guess that is all out the window, now, even though dogs and horses get along great and I think it’s a good idea. But somehow I can’t imagine Mom shoveling out great heaps of Horse Surprise. Where would she put it? We don’t live too far from a stable, and sometimes when I am on my walk I see the man driving a tractor full of the stuff down the street. I could just imagine Mom driving a tractor full of Horse Surprise through the backyard and piling it up near the pond out in front of the house. I’m sure the neighbors would appreciate it!
Makes the Fish Surprise look like an easy deal. I think the horse will have to wait.