|See that little spot at the very bottom? That’s one of the tadpoles.|
So, I thought it would be a good idea to let her have some tadpoles as her first pets. She loves frogs and I love frogs. I had a pet frog in the third grade and it was fairly easy taking care of him. This was a win-win situation in my mind.
I asked my mom to bring the tadpoles with her since I was going to be running errands. I didn’t want them getting to hot or shaken up. Anyways, that night we get to my mom’s house and she hands me the mason jar with the tadpoles. I notice that all three are down at the bottom of the jar.
Moo’s super excited and asks to them. Then she says, ” Why aren’t they swimming? Are they sleeping mommy?” I tell her yes and take the jar to have a closer look. I give the jar a little tap.
Nothing happens. My heart sinks because I in that moment that her tadpoles are dead. All three have gone to tadpole heaven. I check the top of the jar and it has holes in it but the water was filled up to high. So, when the jar lid was sealed on it sucked the water to the very top preventing there to be any room for the tadpoles to come up for air.
So, they suffocated. I felt like a bad mommy because I had gotten Moo all excited about having pets and now they were gone. I couldn’t bear to break the news to her that night. I flushed the tadpoles down the toilet and when she asked about them yesterday I simply told her they were gone in a deep sleep.
She seemed to understand and asked if she could have a different pet. This time she wants a hamster. I’m sure we’ll get her one eventually but no time soon. I couldn’t take it if somehow yet another pet died in less than 24 hours.