Bracken promptly named them Speedy and Waldo, and was sure to check on them a few times each day. We agreed to keep them in the kitchen so that they would be safe from the younger children and also so we would remember to feed them twice a week (out of sight out of mind). Well, on the way home from school on wednesday, Bracken asked me when Speedy and Waldo's birthday's were. I told him that I wasn't sure when they were born and that he could pick a day. He decided that the next day would be best. So, as soon as we were home the kids dropped their backpacks and immediately started pulling out all of our craft boxes. Both Bracken and Abbie made several creative cards and gifts for the two little frogs.
Nearly an hour--and quite a lot of wrapping supplies--later they had a little stash of froggy birthday gifts. All afternoon they were a twitter about how excited the frogs would be for their party the next day. However, when I came out into the kitchen on Thursday morning I found a very tragic sight. The gifts had been piled on top of the frog's container, covering the air hole.
When the kids woke up they wanted to have the party before they even got dressed. I hid the frogs and kept making excuses for why the party had to take place after school. I wasn't sure whether to be honest with the kids and have some sort of life cycle discussion or whether to run to the toy store, replace the frogs, and hope no one was the wiser. In the end I decided to deal with what had happened and allow them to grieve the loss.
yes Jell-O, this was a "sensible solution". it was either this or the cupcake liner/wrapper container. cardboard seemed more eco-friendly.
Luckily, we weren't 0 for 2. Speedy survived the incident, which provided the kids with some solace, but Waldo was 100% belly-up. Being the practical and apparently insensitive mother that I am, I asked Bracken if he wanted to have a funeral or just flush him. However, I used the term "watery grave", which Bracken interpreted to mean we should all head down to Lake Austin and send Waldo off on a leaf floating down the river (Lake Austin is actually a damned-off portion of the Colorado River). He seemed quite interested in that idea until he really thought it through and came to the conclusion that when it came time for the Second Coming Waldo would have a very hard time hopping all the way up Quinlan Park Drive and to our house for their reunion. Thus, he settled on a backyard burial. I insisted that we move things a little further out, like into the greenbelt (sorry HOA), because the last thing I need is one of the kids unearthing little Waldo sometime while playing in the backyard. Below are some photos documenting the tasteful and fitting memorial of dear Waldo.
while we were eating and discussing the funeral we would hold after dinner i noticed bracken's fork, i guess i was a little insensitive
Bracken's bowl and the remnants of his dinner
note: the weeping and wailing lasted for over an hour. Justin and I have decided that if this is how our children react to the loss of a frog we owned for less than three weeks, we will never be getting a dog. ever.