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What A Difference A Fish Makes!

Meet Lumineon, formerly known as “Petrie”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who knew that a fish, of all things would be just what Dr. Mom ordered?

B’s birthday was on the 12th, and his grandparents gave him $10 to spend HIS way. So, he thought about it, and knowing that the girls were saving for a hamster, he wanted a pet too. And I thought that between the three, they were going to break me. Because, whatever the $10 did not cover, Dad and I would have to make up the difference.

To my surprise (and relief) B said he wanted a Tetra Beta fish. He’s been actually bugging hinting towards having a fish for a while now. But it really picked up steam once he had received money for his birthday. So, seeing as his older and younger sister had saved up enough of their money from chores, and he had his birthday money, a-shopping we did go!

My husband went downstairs to the fish department with B, as I stayed upstairs with his sisters. The guys (as usual) were done WAY before us ladies were. But everyone was happy when we left the pet store.

After Dad set up Lumineon in his bowl and placed him back in to B’s room, the next morning, I’d found something that my son had written. Something that kind of had taken me aback.

A *reminder* note! No one told him to do so. He had thought of this on his own.

Basically, it was stating to feed his fish in the morning and evening with 3 or 4 food pellets.

So far, so good, too. He has been doing well to remind me to feed him if he couldn’t, or to feed Lumineon himself. Let’s just say, we have a VERY happy Tetra Fish.

Oh, and as for the name? Petrie (pee-tree) was initially the name. For one thing, it made sense. The other was that it was easily stated. But, of course the boy just had to switch it on me. And being the Pokemon nut that he is, why was I even surprised at this? Because apparently, the fish is the same colors (blue and red) as some Pokemon that is named “Lumineon”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I honestly HATE typing the name out too, because my fingers get tongue-tied and I cannot for the life of me, get the name spelled straight on the first try. But I will have to admit, that the Pokemon version of Lumineon is cute.

In the end, having a fish called Lumineon is teaching my son, who usually is one to pass off responsibility to others, and not take ownership of pretty much anything, that HE is responsible for HIS pet, and it’s proper care. And it is teaching him about ownership, not just of a living creature, but that he must take ownership of his own actions and decisions, and of his own things. Plus, B seems to be more focused with tasking than before Lumineon came in to his life.

Thanks, Lumi (my short nick-name for the little guy) for helping my son see the true value of being a responsible, honest and reliable person in his community, and within his home. You have accomplished what most “experts”, and even us as his parents have failed in doing. He may have his “quirks”, but now, we have you. And you, my friendly fish, are showing him the way to being the kid I know he can be, and you are helping to let his full potential shine through.

Need Support? We’ve Got It! (group link incl. in post)

I hope that everyone is well and is ready for the weekend. I know I am! This weekend shall be a bit busy. This evening, it’s haircuts for pretty much all five of us. Saturday is CLOTHES SWITCHING day to ready for the warm weather. Then Sunday, I’m hoping to get us and my Brother-in-law, his girlfriend and their kids together for a cookout at the park.

I’d like to take this post and tell you a bit about a place on FaceBook, that while not very active (at the moment), is a place of unconditional acceptance of our fellow members. From all walks of life, and of all different disabilities, as well as care-giving.My group is called Living Life…Abled & Disabled. But the name may change, seeing as I have been sprucing up the place a bit and doing some rearranging, getting things placed in a more organized fashion and whatnot.

We accept members as young as thirteen years old. And we do not limit the types of disabilities to be within the group. And there’s also a few “common sense” rules that I have in place, as to deter any major problems, spamming or other unforeseen fiascoes that could arise.

Here is the “description” from the group’s page itself…

“Some of us are deemed “disabled”, and some of us are those that care for someone, or love someone who is disabled.

Together, we join as one, to support and gain insight and help from one another.

We accept those that are 13-years-old and up to join us.

*Instead of “auto-adding” friends to the group, please send them a private message with the link available to them, and explain why you would like to see them join.

I personally hate the “new and improved” way of having the FB groups ran via the site managers. I want people to WILLINGLY join. Not feel forced.

Thanks for understanding.* ”

Underneath that, are the rules that are laid out for members and prospective members to adhere to. Like I stated earlier, they are all common sense, and are a means to keep peace, order and organization within the group’s walls.

I’ve been trying my best to get more members involved with the group. I’m not just talking about posting articles and whatnot. But ACTIVELY conversing with one another. At least on an every-other-day basis. And it’s true that I had not been quite active in the last couple of weeks. But that was due to out-of-the-home commitments where my kids and volunteering are concerned.

Plus, I put a quick end to obvious “spamming” that was happening. I don’t care WHAT it is being posted. If that’s all you post about, then to me (and most others), it is spam. And I refuse to have that in my SUPPORT group, where I want to see EVERYONE participate and support ONE ANOTHER. Not just take, and NEVER give back.

Support. That is what we at Living Life…Abled & Disabled are all about. Support, understanding, and a shoulder. But I want it to cut BOTH ways. And lately, it has NOT been that way, like it used to be in the beginning. And I’m hoping that soon, we will have that once again.

So, if you feel that the group is right for you, where we VALUE YOUR PRIVACY, seeing as it is a “closed” group where only members can see what is being posted, and you feel that you can contribute, not only for yourself, but to be a support to other members, then please, by all means, join us TODAY! All you have to do is “Ask To Join” and I will approve your request.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I hope to see you become a member of Living Life…Abled & Disabled soon.