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Ginger’s Favorite Christmas Gift

Posted by mrssmythe on January 1, 2016 in Celebrations, Critters |

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Meet CPT Bulldog.

CPT Bulldog is not our fish.

CPT Bulldog is a fish that we watched (fish-sat?) for a week over Thanksgiving when some friends of ours went to Oklahoma. Ginger especially enjoyed fish-sitting. She included CPT Bulldog in as many activities as she could that week. Things like school work…

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crafting…

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and even her birthday party.

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When it was time to turn CPT Bulldog back over to his real family, well…Ginger had a pretty hard time of it.

Fast forward a month. The busyness of the holidays had taken over, and I’d already forgotten Ginger’s many strong hints that she’d really, really like to have a fish of her own. (And, when you already have three dogs, two cats, and two rabbits…well, what’s one tiny fish, really?) I’d already told her I thought it was a fine idea. And then I forgot.

But our friends did not forget. And, when Christmas rolled around and we stopped over at their house to exchange gifts, well, Ginger unwrapped a shiny new aquarium set-up. She was genuinely happy. Then, our friends took things one step further. (They are notoriously good at gift-giving, these friends).

“Do you have a fish for that aquarium?” One of our friends asked, innocently.

Ginger shook her head, but still managed to smile.

Then, very casually, from a spot where no one was looking, our friend retrieved a fish in a clear plastic cup. He handed it to her.

Ginger was stunned – and thrilled. She started crying.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen her do that over a present. It was truly one of the most memorable moments of our Christmas.

So, of course, we set up the aquarium the next day, and Ginger’s new fish – christened “Emmanuel” – has replaced CPT Bulldog on our dining room table.

And, like CPT Bulldog, he’s involved in pretty much everything Ginger does. It just makes me smile.

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From the dining room table, with Emmanuel the fish watching me as I type,

Mrs. Smythe

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