Monday, July 23, 2007
  mmmm, reptomin!

tadpoles!, originally uploaded by estacey.

Gretchey jumped in a fountain the other night a block or so away from the house while we were out walking. I realized the fountain was teeming with little.. guppies? THEN I realized no one lived in the house where the fountain was. The lower tier of the fountain was plenty deep, but the middle tier was only a few inches deep, and I imagined it would dry out after a few more days of bright sun. So I took the dogs back to the house and got a gravy sieve (or something), a bucket, and a flashlight. You can guess what I did next.

The guy who lived across the street came out to investigate what I was doing. He explained no one had lived there for a year, and he had no idea how any fish got in there. He seemed fairly amused by me, scooping out little critters from a fountain in the dark.

When I got the bucket o’ critters back to Chris’s place, I noticed that some of them had… legs! So they were tadpoles. I mean, I realize that they LOOK like tadpoles, but we don't have frogs - or toads! - in our neighborhood, so I was completely NOT expecting that. I have seen tiny frogs from time to time sharing a shelter with the tortoises, so MAYBE that's what these are. I guess we'll see. Anyway, I was at a loss for what to feed the fish, but now that I knew they were tadpoles, I was happy – I had Reptomin! They were so happy, too. They all just attacked it. Four tadpoles per stick, swimming around the bucket. Mmmm!

As a testament to what a good guy Chris is, that night I asked him which office he was going to in the morning and if that one had a pond. Yes, it did. And he didn’t even TRY to get out of bringing those tadpoles to the pond to let them go. In his little shirt & tie. Not even a BLINK from my boy. What a good guy, right?

Anyway, instant karma paid me back the next day. It really did. Funny story if you knew my work, but you don’t, so I ain’t going to bother explaining. :)

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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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