Nora went to mama & pappa's farm for a week this summer. My mom and dad have a beautiful fish pond at the side of their house. Nora would have been content to spend the entire day sitting beside the pond watching the fish (see above photos). When she came home from the farm visit, she suddenly developed an interest in Nemo, our pet fish, which was a gift from nanny, and had been entirely ignored by both children until that point.
Unfortunately, Nemo has not been "well" as of late. He has become increasingly lethargic over the past week and a half. Now he spends all of his time lying on his side at the bottom of the bowl (I am basically counting down the days to his death, and just do not have the heart to flush him). Nora will walk up to the bowl, point and say: "Fishy, eat.". At this point you have to pick her up and shake the bowl so that Nemo will attempt to swim. Then as he slowly sinks to the bottom again she will look at you, and there is confusion in those beautiful brown eyes - so of course I feel the need to offer some sort of explanation. All I could think of as a response is: "Fishy is sleepy".
Tonight during Nora's bath she was playing with a plastic fish in the tub. She made the fish swim. She filled it with water. She dumped it out. She lay the fish on it's side on the edge of the tub, said: "Night-night Fishy" and gave it a kiss.