Why your kids should read your blog…

Or “Requiem for a Sea-Monkey”

If you caught my last entry, you would know about the Sea-Monkeys. Yesterday, it came time to add the “Instant Life Eggs” package, and since Dad was busy, my son decided to help out. He read the package, took note of the fact sea-monkeys hatch faster if the tank is around 80F. Noting also that the room temperature was a little cooler, he took it on himself to warm up the water. While there are a variety of ways to warm up a small volume of water, I could sense a potential problem when I heard the tea kettle begin to boil in the kitchen. I rushed to the kitchen to find my first born ready to poor water from the steaming kettle into the sea-monkey’s tank.

Now, if you haven’t read my previous blog entry, you should now, I’ll wait…

My son should have also read that entry because he would have know that there were already sea-monkey hatchlings in the tank. While I felt a moment of relief at having stopped the par-boiling of the little guys, I couldn’t help noticing that the tank was considerable less full than it had been the other day. Well… If your planning to put water in, you have to make room somehow… I was asking where the rest of the water had gone just as my daughter entered the kitchen and my son pointed to the sink.

My daughter, bless her heart, had read my previous blog – and an appropriate look of horror spread across her face as she peered down the kitchen sink drain.

Communication is one the core skills that holds a family together – a lesson that has just been re-enforced in my family at the cost of a few, tiny lives.

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