The kids have wanted a pet for some time. But since we are renters, having a pet of the four-legged variety isn't an option. So when the Princess brought home a goldfish from school, I thought that it would be the perfect fit (provided it lasted through the first night - since most goldfish brought home from school/fairs etc. usually don't.)
When the goldfish was still with us a few days later, we moved her from the plastic container she had been in since she came home, to a real fish bowl. And we gave her a name. Dory. Why Dory? Well, I suggested it because Dory was my favorite character in Finding Nemo - and a fish - not a goldfish - but a fish. And the kids liked it, so it stuck.
Since then, Dory and I have bonded. When she sees me come into the kitchen (where her bowl is) she gets very excited and swims back and forth at the edge of the bowl. I'm sure she just wants food most of the time, but it's her way of communicating with me. And I like it.
And if you've ever seen Finding Nemo, you know that the line Dory is the most famous for is "just keep swimming." Well, when we first named Dory, that line wasn't foremost in my thoughts, but now it seems like Dory has become a mascot for me...a reminder to "just keep swimming".
Perhaps you've noticed that the past several weeks have been a little quiet around the blog. I haven't posted as much as usual because, as happens with everyone, we've been going through some challenges lately. And the past two weeks in particular have been filled with medical tests and doctor visits for my 7-year-old. He is going to be fine...we just have some medical issues to deal with (in addition to his Alpha-1). But times like these worry a mama's heart.
Then I look at our funny little goldfish and I remember to "just keep swimming".
Being November, the month of Thanksgiving, we have been focusing on being grateful here at our house. And despite the challenges that come our way, I am grateful.
For a warm house, for food on our table, for clothes on our backs, for transportation, for faith.
I am grateful that we have medical care. That we can find diagnoses, and have plans of action to take care of those things. I am grateful for friends and family who are there to support us during difficulties. Who help us have the strength to "just keep swimming."
What a blessing that is.