When Your Fish Comes From the Carnival…

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It all started so simple. As a family, we have to do 15 service hours with my sons school. There are many opportunities to volunteer and fulfill those hours. My husband volunteered a few weeks ago when they had food truck night. This weekend was my turn. I volunteered to help out with the school’s carnival. I showed up and was asked to work the booth with the goldfish.

IMG_8407You know the one where you throw ping pong balls into a fish bowl to win a gold fish? It went well. With good company, the three hours I spent in the booth went by pretty quickly.

My family hung out and hit up the games and rides while I worked the booth. I joined them after. From the booth, I saw my son and his friend on a roller coaster, and this crazy ride.

the dropI thought he’d be too scared for all of that. He proved me wrong. The kids had a great time!

driversDuring my time in the booth, my family came by and played a round or two. Wouldn’t you know both of my kids left with a fish. They were super excited about it. My son named his fish “Hooper” and my daughter named hers “Fish”.

While it was cool to see them excited about a new pet, I also started to think about taking care of another pet. Fish are pretty easy but they are still ONE more responsibility. We already have a dog. On Sunday, my husband headed to the pet store to get our new pets a home. He got them all set up in their new tank. They had a new friend (an algae eater) and they seemed to be happy! They were swimming around like crazy, checking out their new digs.

FISHThen one of the fish started slowing down,way down. My husband noticed it first.I heard him across the room saying, “I don’t think this one is going to make it.” Not the words I wanted to hear – AT ALL. As he predicted, my daughters fish kicked the bucket, gave up the ghost, took a walk on the dark side. Yes, “Fish” is gone. After being in our family for one day, it’s a done deal. Now I am thinking about what the heck I’ll be dealing with in the morning when my kids wake up. Ugh! This is one of those moments they talked about on 80s sitcoms. I really should have been taking notes. I’m hoping they don’t notice? That’s what we get for bringing home stressed out carnival fish.

Any ideas on what I should tell them? How was your weekend? It has to be better than my dead fish saga!

*the fish closest to the top of the tank is “Fish” RIP

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33 Responses to When Your Fish Comes From the Carnival…
  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    October 27, 2014 | 7:57 am

    Carnivals so should not hand out fish as a prize – they always die and the kids just end up getting disappointed.

  2. Alicia @MommyDelicious
    October 27, 2014 | 8:47 am

    We had a fish once. It survived for so many years, including during 5-day vacations that Aiden and I had taken. Then, one day we came home, and the fish went to fish heaven. Sigh.

    The carnival looks like a lot of fun though!

  3. Amber Conaway
    October 27, 2014 | 11:20 am

    We have yet to get a fish as a pet but my parents went to FL this summer and bought all their grandkids a hermit crab. Well we were the first to buy a tank so guess who got to keep ALL the crabs? LOL yes we still have all the crabs and it’s almost November lol

  4. Tracey
    October 27, 2014 | 12:01 pm

    Oh no! I agree with Robin that carnivals should not even offer fish as a prize.

  5. Melinda
    October 27, 2014 | 12:28 pm

    we always avoid the fish at the carnival. I don’t want to be stuck caring for another living thing LOL

  6. Liz Mays
    October 27, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    My kids were devastated when our fish died. After we lost a handful and shed countless tears, we had to give up the fish business. It was too emotional!

  7. aimee fauci
    October 27, 2014 | 1:32 pm

    Ha ha we don’t let our kids play the fish games. Fear of bringing one home..

  8. Pam
    October 27, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    We won a fish at a carnival before and it kicked the bucket before we even got it home. My daughter was devastated.

  9. Amy @ Marvelous Mommy
    October 27, 2014 | 2:15 pm

    Haha, I avoid the fish at the carnivals too! I love the unique name she gave him! πŸ˜‰

  10. Chrystal @ YUM eating
    October 27, 2014 | 2:23 pm

    Prize fish never make it. They spend (gosh knows how long) all day confined and their water isn’t cleaned. Then, they are shocked when they get put in their new home. It sucks. We have fish and we buy them from our local fish shop.

    I wish I had some words to tell you. Kiddo has had fish her whole life so she just got used to understanding that sometimes fish don’t make it. When one passes, we let some time pass and then we go pick out another one, or two.

  11. Tia
    October 27, 2014 | 4:14 pm

    Poor Fishy, LOL! When my daughter’s fish died I told her he went to be with Jesus. That’s all I could think of in the moment. The carnival looks real nice for a school carnival and that’s so dope that all the parents volunteer through out the year!

  12. Catherine S
    October 27, 2014 | 5:51 pm

    I know when we were kids we always brought home a fish from the carnival. I don’t think any of them ever made it more than a day. I never let my son play the fish game at the carnival.

  13. Theresa
    October 27, 2014 | 6:12 pm

    Awe! That’s so sad that Fish didn’t make it. I always feel so bad for the fish having those balls ping their containers all day at the fair. Maybe you could buy a better one from the market?

  14. deb
    October 27, 2014 | 7:54 pm

    I used to organize the school carnival and I always nixed the idea of goldfish. That is just a responsibility that shouldnt be forced on a parent. πŸ™‚

  15. Dawn
    October 27, 2014 | 8:20 pm

    When my daughter was little she won a goldfish at a carnival. Needless to say, it didn’t make it past a few weeks despite our good care.

  16. Felicia
    October 27, 2014 | 9:23 pm

    OH no! I am so sorry. I have found that just being honest with them is the best. Simple, but honest.

  17. Ann Bacciaglia
    October 27, 2014 | 9:42 pm

    I always wondered about the health of carnival fish. I am sorry to hear you lost one of your new pets.

  18. Tiffany (A Mom's Take)
    October 28, 2014 | 8:07 am

    That’s sad that one of them died. I don’t think I’ve ever won a fish from a carnival. It’s nice that you tried to give it a better tank.

  19. Jeanine
    October 28, 2014 | 12:19 pm

    So sad about the fish dying! We have 2 tanks and I still get upset when one of mine dies which isn’t often! Carnivals shouldn’t give them out unless they send home proper tanks etc IMO. A lot of people win them and have no idea – they are a lot of work!

  20. Krystal
    October 28, 2014 | 12:57 pm

    We have several carnival goldfish! My son loves them! Sadly though they don’t last long.

  21. Veronica
    October 28, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    This place reminds me of Kemah Boardwalk here in Houston. My kids love going! Looks like a bunch of fun

  22. Christie
    October 28, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    I always dreaded getting the fish from the carnival! They always died on us πŸ™

  23. melisasource
    October 28, 2014 | 3:43 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about the fish! It is always a sad thing to see something like that happen!

  24. Rosey
    October 28, 2014 | 4:58 pm

    My boy surprised me this summer with rides I thought he’d be too scared to ride. In fact, he’s pretty much outgrown the baby rides (boo).

  25. Estelle
    October 28, 2014 | 6:19 pm

    The Carnival looked like such a fun time. I had a goldfish named Goldie when I was little. Eventually, she died. My mom told me that Goldie swam away down the drain (i.e. the toilet). I liked thinking of her out there in the water stream.

  26. Chrysa Duran
    October 28, 2014 | 7:31 pm

    Oh wow who hasn’t brought home these cute fish!!! So sad when they don’t take it.

  27. Tess
    October 28, 2014 | 7:55 pm

    Carnivals are so fun. We won a fish from a carnival once. It lasted a long time lol

  28. Marina @ Mommy Snippets
    October 28, 2014 | 8:47 pm

    How horrible! Ugh, sorry you have to explain this.

  29. Carly Anderson
    October 28, 2014 | 8:58 pm

    We had something similar happen with one of our fish last week. One of our daughter’s fish slowed down and passed away.

  30. Debbie L.
    October 29, 2014 | 12:32 am

    We have never been able to keep the fish alive. I agree with others – carnivals should not be able to give out fishes for prizes – only brings sadness.

  31. Amanda
    October 29, 2014 | 4:17 am

    We have never been able to keep the fish alive. I really wish they just gave out toy fish.

  32. Jessica (Savory Experiments)
    October 29, 2014 | 10:54 am

    RIP Fish the fish. I’d go with the “replace it before she finds out” personally, or use it as a really time to talk about death.

  33. Beth@FrugalFroggie
    October 29, 2014 | 5:09 pm

    Sorry that your fish died. I hope your kids will take it well.

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