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ks, my colleague and friend across the hall

was thinking ahead


preparing for the school year

when ordering the food

for her classroom’s fishtank.

there were two size options available.

hmmm… she thought,

i may as well get the one

that looks just a little bigger

it costs just a little more

 but i won’t have to buy it again

until later in the year.

once it arrived,

much to her surprise

it was a gargantuan version

of the little fish food jar

we’re all so used to seeing.

it kind of looked

like an overblown prank prop.

but it was real.

i think it will last quite a while.

i think it may outlast her little fish.

and even if she retires in 30 years,

it may outlast her teaching career.

it may be her legacy.

most things in life come as a surprise. – lykke li

classroom pet. part deux.



we did not give up


our sea monkeys

never hatched


did not live

to rule the kingdom

of kindergarten

and now

we’ve welcomed

‘lobo’ the fish

yes, it means wolf

named by

our spanish teacher

whose only pet was a dog

and ‘lobo’

feels like

what a pet means

to her

and to us

and we tried

to make

his new home

look like the ocean

and sparkle like the sea

and say hi to him each day

and feed him when he’s ready

and invite him to nap when we do

and let him hear us singing and playing

and give him clean water when he needs it

and we hope


is as tough

as a wolf dog

and lives

a happy life

with us

for a long time.


do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly,

don’t tell them where they know the fish.

– mark twain