Fish Tanks and Airplanes


Our daughter Maggie visited us last week. She told us that she is planning to give her kids an aquarium because she does not like them to be in front of the computer and using their game consoles for the whole day. She asked her dad if he has suggestions about what best breeds of fishes to get. He told her that he does not know anything about aquarium fishes, but he knows someone who fits the bill. He shared that his friend, John owns a pet shop downtown and he knows everything about fishes. He asked our daughter if she wanted him to accompany her when she goes to the shop and she told me that it would be wonderful.

That same day, the two of them went to the pet shop and Maggie was surprised and amazed about how many varieties of fishes that she could choose from, for her kids. She asked John about the most popular fishes that his customers buy from the shop and he told her that aquarium catfishes are so popular right now, especially the cory catsfish and the pictus catfish which everyone loves to put into their tanks because they are so playful and very active. He also mentioned that it is a good idea that I get a wide variety of fishes and colors so that my kids would love feeding watching and them for hours. He also suggested getting fishes with different personalities so it would be more exciting to watch. She asked for a quote about how much is a tank full of fishes and she thought that it was fairly priced. She told him that she would come back in a few days during his husband’s day off and then they would get their kids a big tank. John thanked Jim for visiting him at the shop and he told him to try to visit him as much as he could because he might be moving soon with his son in New Jersey. He was startled by the news, but our daughter had other things to do so they needed to go home. My husband told John to visit him later at our home so they could talk about it and he agreed.

After a few hours, Maggie dropped her dad off and bade us goodbye because she still had many errands to go. She told us that she would drop by again next time when she buys her kids a fish tank from John’s shop. Meanwhile, Jim told me about John moving to New Jersey and I was also surprised about it because I know that he does not like traveling that much and he loves our city. That was the same sentiment that my husband felt and he told me that he invited John to come over later. I asked him about what should I prepare for them. He told me that a couple bottles of ice-cold beers and chips would not hurt so bad as we both chuckled.