There’s a saying that goes, when a child hands you a toy telephone, you answer it. So when my boss’s 8-year-old daughter needed someone to look after her goldfish while the family goes on vacation, I took that responsibility seriously!
The fish, named Silver and Gold, will live with us for two weeks in a Spice-proof bowl. Because social media is so much fun to toy with, I put out this message on Twitter:
“I have agreed to fish-sit. Taking sincere fish-sitting tips that do not include butter, broiling, frying or otherwise disrespecting Mr. Fish.”
Some of the advice was very practical such as, keep the tank clean and don’t overfeed him. And my friends didn’t let me down in the humour department either.
Richard: If subject appears to be upside-down, discontinue feeding.
Peter: Walk twice a day.
Dan: For goodness sake, don’t overwater them! At bedtime, a chapter of Moby Dick is always appreciated.
Noel: Take a pic on your cellphone. That way when Goldie dies you can go to Petsmart and buy a replacement for 50¢ and nobody will know the difference.
Michele (my cousin): I suppose breading and BBQing are out of the question?
George: Say “fish-sitting tips” three times quickly!
I will take the food, water cleanliness and probably the cellphone picture ideas to heart!