13 Apr


Been thinking this week about childish and childlike behaviours…  I have seen plenty of both on my Twitter feed….

Whilst the childlike celebrates and is exuberant the childish almost always is egocentric and often damaging.  Not going to preach but I will tell you a little story from my childhood.  Are you sitting comfortably?  Then I will begin 😉

My older brother was about 4yrs and I was 2ish…My dad owned a large tropical fish tank which was his pride and joy.  He spent many hours cleaning it, testing the water, checking the temperature was just right to create the perfect environment for those beautifully coloured fish to thrive.

One night before we went to bed we heard my dad say he was going to clean the fish tomorrow as he was too tired to do it that night.  As is small children’s habit my brother and I woke up early the next morning.  We tip toed down the stairs to play.  One of us…and I really can’t remember which one *whistles and looks around* had the idea to clean the fish for dad.  Wouldn’t he be pleased?

Of course we couldn’t manage buckets and hoses to drain out the water…so using tea strainers and cups we fished all the dear little fishes out and took them to the kitchen and put them in the washing up bowl.  It took for ever it seemed but gradually all the little fishes were in the sink.  Granted there was a slippery wet trail from the front room, along the passageway into the kitchen but we thought we would dry that later after we put them back.  Silly doing a job twice eh?

When all the fishes were in the bowl in the sink we pulled up kitchen chair…back towards the sink unit as safety was paramount 😉 climbed up and ran hot water and lots of washing up liquid into the bowl and started to wash the fish.

By this time there was movement upstairs and mum came down to make a cup of tea…I think that’s the first time I ever heard a REALLY loud scream….”Noooooooooo!” her voice pierced the stillness of the morning, a loud thump came from upstairs as dad fell out of bed and hurtled down the stairs.

Bro and I stopped and looked at mum who was holding onto the wall…Dad entered glanced at the pretty floating fish and went a strange colour.

We were shouted at for a little while, and sent upstairs in floods of tears not really understanding what we had done wrong and why the reaction was one of horror.   After a while mum came up and explained.

You may be rolling around laughing… I hope you are (RIP fish and I’m sorry) but we had clearly done the wrong thing for all the right reasons.

Can you think of any situations that are happening like that now in real life…committed by adults who are behaving as children?  I can.

“What you need to learn, children, is the difference between right and wrong in every area of life. And once you learn the difference, you must always choose the right.”
― Jeanne DuPrauThe City of Ember

Have a lovely day 🙂

NB Dad stopped keeping fish for many years after that!

Dedicated to the good ship Fed and all who sail in her 😉

(Related post #BogStandard http://wp.me/p31Nc4-1E )


2 Responses to “#WolfFishing”

  1. The Monkey April 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Too subtle for me.

    • julieanneda April 15, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

      Ah…Softly Softly catches monkey…
      Last resort is banging heads together… Just let me know!

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