About a week ago, Claire picked out four fish and a snail to put in the aquarium that she had received from Santa for Christmas. Their names where Larry and Mary (the two tiny fish), Spots and Sonny (the two slightly bigger fish), and Max the snail. Today Sonny stopped moving and gradually sunk to the bottom of the tank. We are not sure what caused his premature death.
Claire was sad to lose Sonny but managed to hold back her tears. We buried Sonny under the large pecan tree in the back yard, under a few inches of soil. We all showed our respects with a few words. Claire came up with something like, “Sonny, you were only with us for a week. But we loved you, and we will always remember you.” It was a brief but dignified ceremony. Then Claire came inside and went to work on a small marker. It was a nice drawing of Sonny with a few extra sparkles stuck on it to make it fancier, and then taped to a straw and stuck in the ground on Sonny’s final resting place.
Molly missed the ceremony since it was held during her nap time. When Molly woke up, Claire was anxious to show Molly the grave. Once outside, Molly was not so interested since she wanted to ride her little bike instead. Since Molly would not pay her final respects to Sonny, Claire did it for her.