I Killed the Goldfish

Grandma Kc wrote this on January 31st, 2014 18 Replies

This is a special memory from my own childhood.

I was about 4 years old the night that Daddy woke me up because he needed my help downstairs in the kitchen. He had been trying to clean our goldfish bowl and one of the goldfish had gone down the drain. He couldn’t reach it because his hands were too big. He needed my little hands to grab it.

Nope. I can remember standing on a stool or something to look down in the drain and shaking my head. We had a garbage disposal and even at that young age, I somehow knew that if I put my hand down there it would magically come on and both my fish and my fingers would be crushed!

Kc age 4 and her sister age 3

Kc the Fish Killer – age 4

He tried but my Dad could not talk me into it; I would not reach in there. I would not save my fish.

I don’t know where my mother or my little sister were while all of this was going on. I don’t remember going back to bed that night. I don’t remember ever having to explain to my sister where one of our fish went. We just never spoke of it again.

18 thoughts on “I Killed the Goldfish

  1. Judy@grandparentsplus2

    A garbage disposal is a scary thing – I don’t blame you. I never had goldfish BUT my daughter had so many at different times that I lost count and that doesn’t even include the fish from the salt water tank that she attempted to maintain. Fish and money were flushed down the drain, and I mean flushed. :-)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Reminds me of that episode of The Cosby’s where they had a funeral service in the bathroom to flush the goldfish!

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  2. Joyce

    When you are four years old lots of things look “bottomless” and frightening. I remember being put on a church festival little kid’s boat ride that circled what had to be a foot deep basin. I clung to that wheel in terror, looking down into the deep dark abyss. Not fun. I don’t blame you for being scared, but I feel sorry for the fish!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I really think he had tried everything already by the time he woke me up. And probably by then it would have been too late to save the fish anyway but still – I have guilt!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I really wish I had pictures from that old kitchen but so far in my digging I haven’t found any. I also tried to find a picture of me and Daddy when I was that age but he was always behind the camera. It is where we get our love of cameras – you, me, Jenna and now Amara! The camera gene must be hereditary!

      Don’t you just love the wallpaper!

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  3. sarah christian

    Awww, what a difficult situation, but you sure made the right choice not to put your hand down the garbage disposal. Goodness, what a predicament. That had to have been emotionally difficult, knowing the little fish was down there not going to be rescued. A little much for a little girl.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It is interesting the memories that you keep. I can remember so many details of that night – and others, like where my mom was – just aren’t there.

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  4. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    You are adorable in that photo. But what a traumatic experience. I truly can’t believe you were asked to do that. And no disrespect to your father, but I would pretty much say HE was the goldfish killer, not you. Hugs to sad 4-year-old Kc as well as to unfairly guilt-ridden Grandma Kc.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Lisa. There are so many memories for me in that picture. I do wish Daddy was still here so I could ask him if he remembers this – and what he was thinking! He really was a great Dad overall so I am going to cut him slack on this one!

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  5. Launna

    Awe… you didn’t kill your goldfish Kc, I wouldn’t have put my hand down there either…

    I hope you are having a great rest of the weekend :)

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