…and it is still alive!
She, according to Panda, is a spunky goldfish named Goldie. He is very original when it comes to naming his stuffed animals. His black bear is named Black bear, and his blue bear is named Blue. His largest stuffed animal is a green tortoise named Turtle, and of course Black Bear was taken, so his tiniest stuffed animal was given the name ‘Little’ Black Bear. There are a few giraffe oddballs mixed in like Twiggy and Shaw too.
When it came time to pick out his fish, we took a drive to the store and talked about how to care for his new fish, where it would live, and what kind of fish he would pick. “Maybe they will have a green fish or a WHALE, Mommy!” he said. I smiled and encouraged the imagination of my three year old to bounce around and explore. “I should not like a shark because it will bite my hand,” he stated very seriously.
Once there, he chose a small one gallon tank with a filter, and some very bright rocks for a bed. Now came the fish.
There were fish of all sorts to pick from in every size and shape. There were tiny neon fish, fat black fish, guppies, catfish, etc. I was in a trance myself watching them swim about in their tanks eating the gobs of food they had just been fed. As I looked over to see what Panda was admiring, he had his finger following a perky little goldfish, nose smashed to the tank glass. “That one,” he said. I paid $0.37 for the goldfish and said a little prayer he would survive the ride home in the little plastic bag.
As we drove home, he sang ‘Rock-a-Bye, Baby’ to his fish and named him Sprinkles. I thought it was the perfect name, but as we rounded the corner of our driveway he shouted, ” Her name is Goldie, and she is a SHE, because she is a goldfish!” Again I smiled with delight at his original name choice, and said a sweet goodbye to the momentary ‘Sprinkles’ encounter.
My inspiration for this illustration comes from the story above. I actually had a boy drawn into the scene, but it just didn’t look as cute. I just couldn’t resist a tutu and a flower. Also, I finally got to try out my Inktense watercolor pencils. Yes, I adore them. The colors are quite brilliant! I’m so excited to see all the things I can do with these. It’s like a magic trick every time you add the water. It makes me feel like a kid again.
Oh, and here is Goldie!