I don’t know what it is about our vacations to Colorado, but I feel horrible for the great family who watches JediYeled’s fish and DovLev’s hamster. So far, the hamster is fairing well. Although I did warn the wonderful family that he was getting up there in age – three years old! But JediYeled’s fish seems to not have as good of luck. This is the second year in the row that we have had to break the bad news to JediYeled that his fish has died.
Last year, when Anakin passed, the wonderful family gave him a dignified burial at sea. But this year, for Rexi, JediYeled wanted to make sure that he could bury him in the backyard – next to DovLev’s fishes that we killed…I mean died while she was at camp.
After retrieving Rexi from the wonderful family’s freezer (right next to the Chanukah candles), we brought him home and immediately found Rexi’s final resting spot – next to the rubber tree plant and JediYeled’s orange tree. JediYeled started to dig a hole in the shape of a fish and even let DovLev dig part as well since she did not get to bury her fish last year.
We then gently shook…I mean placed Rexi into the earth and JediYeled covered him up. Then we stood together being grateful that JediYeled had such a wonderful fish for this past year. JediYeled then looked up to me and said, “Ima, we have to say kaddish.”
What do you say? Yes, of course. So, together we said kaddish, after all, we are grateful that God created such wonderful creatures to fill our world. And I am grateful I have two children who care so much about the world and all those who live in it.