What I thought was the quintessential, tried and true, “first fish” turned out to be sort of a disaster that has nearly culminated in explaining the circle of life a little too early.
Here’s the timeline:
Take son to pick out first fish at pet store on Saturday (check!)
Snap photo of happy child with first fish (check!)
Prep new fish aquarium with cleanest water on planet, get fish acclimated and transition to bowl (check!)
Four hours later I’m Facebooking my worries about the clearly ailing goldfish that’s spending far too much time in the bottom corner of the aquarium.
Next morning: dead fish.
Send hubby to pet store to purchase the replacement fish for another 13 cents (check)
Go through previous steps (check)
Fish not looking so hot by 10 p.m….oh boy.
Dead in the morning.
Two goldfish later, my son is still none the wiser, but we’ll see what his reaction is when he sees that his itty-bitty, 13-cent golfish has morphed overnight into a mammoth (but golden!) beta fish (I hear they’re tougher). Just another day being “supermom” and saving the day.
Okay, so we’ve all probably experienced this at one point or another; as a child or perhaps as a parent. Our innate desire is to protect our children and shelter them from a world that’s far too dark and disappointing for as long as we can. At 2, my little guy’s world is still open and full of possibilities. Not sure I’m ready to explain death to him. Or pain. Or suffering.
You see, my son is growing up in an ideal situation. He’s loved and cared for 24/7 by his mommy, his daddy or another nurturing family member. He has no abuse in his immediate surroundings. He’s innocent.
Not every child has that, in fact, far too many don’t have that. And it completely breaks my heart.
I’m fortunate to work for a company that cares about freeing people physically and financially from pain, it’s part of our mission. Isagenix partners with Childhelp because the organization is at the forefront of preventing abuse and helping children across the U.S. receive the assistance they need to grow up safe and secure.
Early on, one of the company’s owners, Jim Pierce, was instrumental in bringing this partnership together. A victim of childhood abuse himself, the subject is close to his heart and one that he vowed to impact in a positive way in adulthood.
He’s doing that and we were privileged to have an article in the Arizona Republic recently dedicated to his story and connection with Childhelp.
I’m so proud to work for a company with this kind of commitment to humanity. Not only are we helping people live healthier, revitalized, rejuvenated lives, but we’re spreading it to our future generations.
Please learn more about Childhelp by visiting Childhelp.org and visit my “Donate” page if you find it to be a cause you could support. Every dollar donated to supporting me in the Boston Marathon goes directly to Childhelp. The $5,000 goal is a large one, but I know we can do it together!
Every child deserves to have someone in their life that cares about protecting their innocence; even if it’s helping them to believe for a little while longer that fish never die.
Thanks for your support! 🙂