My special fish 

 Originally Written: March 14, 2009

By  Hanna Trafford

He may be just a fish - but what a fish he is!
He may be just a fish but what a fish he is

Meet Moe – one would think that Moe is just a fish. But as with all my other animal friends, there is also a story about Moe. It is now almost 5 years ago that I went for a routine visit to a local aquarium shop to pick up needed supplies. While there, I walked around to check out what was new in the water world. I came up to a tank in which a solitary red, funny shaped fish regally floated around. I stopped, leaned closer to the glass and he immediately backed-up, swimming backwards. I thought I just strike a conversation with this funny creature so I said :”Hi there you cute little thing” – and this cute thing dove to the bottom,  picked up a stone in his mouth and spat it straight at the glass I was leaning towards. It really surprised me and I knew if there ever was a love at first sight with a fish, this was it! And as it happens, this happened on Valentines day and this creature was actually a heart shaped parrot fish. I went home and told David that I found him the perfect Valentines Day gift for me and we had to go get it right away before someone else does. So we did – that was a long time ago and as much as I didn’t expect to have this fish for more than like two years – he hangs on real well and is the boss of the tank we now have.

Oh – and the name? I love “Finding Nemo” – no surprise there I guess. And I thought that my fish looks kind of like Nemo, except without the white stripes. So I gave him half of that name and called him Moe. The funny thing is that the owner of that aquarium store Moe came from – lady with a great sense of humour, started calling all their heart-shaped parrot fishes “Moe”. And when I came to the store, she would greet me with :”Hi there Moe’s mom!”

Moe now rules the tank – he “landscapes” the scenery to his liking and often has a sort of a “tug of war” with arrangements with David – he will move plants, rocks and any other items where he wants them – not where we would like them. But that’s what makes him special. Plus the fact that he always looks like he is smiling – it’s good to have a smiling face at home at all times!

Do you have a fish with a story? Or do you actually have a heart shaped parrot fish? Let me know – I would love to hear all about your special wet friend!

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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