Something fishy (The end of an Era) - Blog

goldfish.jpg

It is a beautiful day in Dublin with not a cloud in the sky. But, it is also a very sad day because in the morning we all learned of the death of Cheetah. Many tears were shed and hopes dashed as it was not possible to reanimate her. I slept in my son's room last night while we tried to keep him from anxiously checking her during the night. He slept with @clodaghdowning in Mummy and Daddy's bed.

At bedtime, for me, she was still with us and since our water change, seemed to have a bit more life and was swimming around a bit. I really thought it was a good sign. Finally, I curled up to sleep with the fishies.

Dawn of the dead

My son woke me in the morning and then checked the tank. His little heart sank as he found her floating at the top. He immediately understood the gravity of the situation and we all wept. Me, because of my son's broken heart.

The whole thing opened up a very big discussion about what happens after death. Being raised Catholic I told him that theory. Being a man of science I also told him that theory. I then added my own artistic vision of what happens, I just hope that from our conversation he will settle on what works for him and that I haven't messed him up with my honesty about the fact that nobody actually knows.

Service

Straight after breakfast, we decide that we would bury her. I have never been one for the toilet bowl solution. I know what I put down there and I have respect for the dead.

We went to the Pheonix Park and in an area where there was nobody else within earshot we found an oak tree that was to be burial ground. I had shared a story with Fintan about this dried out lake in Africa which had left lots of dead fish now sitting in the desert all drying away to dust. This dust is blown up into the air and then carried on the winds till it settles in the Amazon bringing life to the trees. I told him that if we buried Cheetah at the base of the tree she would become part of the tree and live on.

As an Amateur Naturist, he loved the idea and selected the tree with care.

We dug a little grave around 6 inches deep. I figured it was proportionally deep enough to stop the spread of any disease the body might have had. 2 meters distance is something we have had drilled into us this last year due to Covid and as you may be interested to know that is based on the depth of graves. Where it was thought that it was the best depth to stop disease transmission. So we mostly bury our dead at 6ft under.

Fintan enjoys hearing these little facts and on relection thought my compromise was acceptable.

One last look at Cheetah. Unfortunately, I never took a nice image of her while she was alive. The image at the start of this post is a Fintan original sketch which he allowed me to use for this post. I told him I would set his account @bigtooth as 100% benifishery so he can start building his Hive future.

We wrapped the corpse in some biodegradable tissue as a shroud and lowered it into the grave. A eulogy was spoken although we thought it best to call off the 21-gun salute for the sake of the other wildlife in the forest.

It was a nice service and we hope Cheetah will rest in peace. Fintan hopes that she will be reincarnated as a Koi fish.

A makeshift cross and a flower were placed on the grave to bring an end to the proceedings. I know all of this may seem a bit over the top to some people but if you look at the world through the eyes of a six-year old I think you will understand how important this was for my little boy. It helped bring closure to what was a very difficult few days.

Our other Goldfish Goldie seems to be doing well (Touch wood!) and although there has been talk of a replacement fish to keep him company. I have put my foot down and said that until we have mastered getting the water in the tank to the Goldilocks zone that will have to wait.



0
0
0.000
16 comments
avatar

Congratulations @ammonite! You have completed the following achievement on the Hive blockchain and have been rewarded with new badge(s) :

You received more than 60000 upvotes.
Your next target is to reach 65000 upvotes.

You can view your badges on your board and compare yourself to others in the Ranking
If you no longer want to receive notifications, reply to this comment with the word STOP

Check out the last post from @hivebuzz:

Hive Power Up Day - June 1st 2021 - Hive Power Delegation
Support the HiveBuzz project. Vote for our proposal!
0
0
0.000
avatar

Aww poor Cheetah 😢 lovely funeral ceremony though. Went all fancy with the shroud, all of my pets had funerals but none got a burial shroud 😅

I think the various explanations to give him something to think about are a good idea as is the early instilling that not everyone knows everything and even though we know a lot now we still don’t know everything there has to know, always helpful to not expect answers to everything I guess.

How’s the little man doing now?

0
0
0.000
avatar
(Edited)

I think it is kind of nice that we don't know what happens after we shuttle off this mortal coil. It leaves a big mystery that I hope is never solved. At least, until we each come to that point. In some sort of macabre way, it is something to look forward to!

Fintan is fine, We brought him to the beach after and he had a great time catching crabs and then explaining all about them to anyone who would listen. He is like a mini David Attenborough.
!ENGAGE15

0
0
0.000
avatar

Glad that he's doing okay :)

I'd happily listen to him bang on about crabs, I remember my kids at that age doing similar things XD

0
0
0.000
avatar

Thank you for your engagement on this post, you have recieved ENGAGE tokens.

0
0
0.000
avatar

Aw! You're a good parent

0
0
0.000
avatar

Thank you, I am really trying my best. Every day seems to have its own set of challenges and there is no manual.
!ENGAGE15

0
0
0.000
avatar

Thank you for your engagement on this post, you have recieved ENGAGE tokens.

0
0
0.000
avatar

When I was a child I had experienced something like that, where I kept a kacer bird, I raised the bird from a baby to growing up. one day I forgot to lock the door, and finally the bird came out of the cage, for 4 days the sound of this bird was not far from my ears, as if asking for food, or a blanket to sleep. while I cry every time I hear his voice. on the 5th day I no longer heard the sound of birds coming off. I don't know what happened. and since then I do not want to choose animals with no freedom. and that thing I can't forget until now.

0
0
0.000
avatar

Sorry to hear your story. I know that when we are young, things have a much bigger effect on us. I always prefer free animals without walls and one day I hope to have more space to allow it. My son is all about animals at the moment and I thought Goldfish would be a great first pet to encourage his interest.
!ENGAGE15

0
0
0.000
avatar

Thank you for your engagement on this post, you have recieved ENGAGE tokens.

0
0
0.000
avatar

Congratulations @ammonite! You received a personal badge!

You powered-up at least 10 HIVE on Hive Power Up Day! This entitles you to a level 1 badge.
Participate in the next Power Up Day and try to power-up more HIVE to get a bigger Power-Bee.
May the Hive Power be with you!

You can view your badges on your board and compare yourself to others in the Ranking

Check out the last post from @hivebuzz:

Hive Power Up Day - June 1st 2021 - Hive Power Delegation
Support the HiveBuzz project. Vote for our proposal!
0
0
0.000
avatar

I am sorry for the death of your little fish, it is so kind and thoughtful that you have chosen to bury him instead of flushing. Any form of life deserves respect and care, even after death

0
0
0.000