Alex slipped a note to sweet husband that read "can i ge[t] fish". With his hands clasped to his chest, he shared with sweet husband how he desperately wants a pet fish to call his own. "...I'll feed it two times a day, in the morning and at night. Please!" With this last plea, he raised his clasped hands to his chin, earnestly looking at Sweet husband with his big brown eyes.
Sweet husband melted.
I came into the room a few minutes later. Sweet husband handed me the note Alex had left and tried to appear nonchalant. My spidey-senses tingled. Sweet husband had that twinkle in his eye that told me he was already trying to decide between a fresh water fish tank or a salt water fish tank.
"Um... Fish are a big responsibility." I said.
Sweet husband nodded "Alex said he was ready for it. I told him I would talk to you."
"Oh. Okay. He tends to forget to feed Matrim and Ginge, fish aren't as vocal when their hungry."
Sweet husband nodded slowly, the fish-fever slowly fading from his eyes.
"Maybe in a few months. IF he can keep up with feeding the animals we do have."
Sweet husband gave a satisfied nod. "I think that works."
The next morning Alex came into the living room with his fish note. "Mama, I'm ready for a fish."
I sat down on the couch, and pulled Alex toward me. "Sweetie, I know you think you're ready for a fish. Fish are a big responsibility though."
Alex cut me off "I'm ready! I really am!"
"Alex, you're going to have to show us that you're ready for a big responsibility like fish. You need feed Matrim and Ginge, every day. And do school. When you do these, you're getting ready for bigger responsibilities.... like fish."
Alex glared at me. "I hate school. I hate this day. I am ready for fish!!"
"Alex," I said slowly "Have you fed Matrim and Ginge today?"
Alex's glare softened "Not yet..." he inched backward.
I raised an eyebrow. He spun around and raced down the hall where the food dishes lay. "I'm feeding them now mama. See? Do you see me? Mama, can you see me? I can feed them! Now am I ready for a fish?"
I decided to go back to bed. Sweet husband can take over Fish Talk 2011.