As you all know, I am already a proud pet parent. My shih tzu could beat up your honor roll student. Being Yadi’s mom is quite a commitment. One that I wasn’t sure that I was ready for. But I believe that I have raised a very happy dog and it makes me feel like I’m ready for more.
Romy and I went to a subdivision sale a few weeks ago. We drove by a house where a lady was standing by the mailbox trying to get her sign to stay put. We stopped and after calling “dibs” (calling dibs in the world of rummage sales means that you have first call on the products for sale. Rummage sale dibs is in no way legally binding nor do the people in the car with you ever actually follow the rules of dibs. But I have to call it anyway.)
“Dibs!” I screamed while opening the car door, with my dibs being totally ignored by Romy.
We walked up to a garage full of educational toys. For me, a bust. Yadi is smart but I refuse to try to make her learn how to count with an abacus. Upon closer examination though, I found a gem, a diamond in the rough.
For there, among the fourth and fifth grade math books, nestled behind several packets of Brainquest cards, was something that made my ignored pleas of Dibs pay off:
A complete Sea Monkey kit, normally costing seven to eight dollars….for TWENTY FIVE CENTS!
I immediately snatched up the monkeys and forked over the quarter. My adventure was set to begin.
We got back in the car and I explained to Romy how excited I was about this find. She seemed unaffected.
Hmm….well she won’t be so unimpressed when she sees them magically hatch right before her very eyes!
I headed home, knowing that I would have to wait four whole days to hatch my new babies. Romy was going to come in Wednesday to go to a Cardinals game. I planned to hatch them then.
On Tuesday, per the official Sea Monkey directions, I filled the tank and added the water purifier.
One more day.
After the game, we headed back to my house. (We mopped the Pirates by the way) As soon as we got there, I made Romy come into the kitchen to watch the little beasts come to life. She was able to contain the overwhelming excitement that was brimming just beneath the surface.
I ripped the envelope and dumped the eggs into the tank and stirred gently and….
See those little black dots? THOSE are Sea Monkey eggs!
Wait for it…..see how they’re moving around in the current? See how they’re not wiggling yet?
Sadness. My eggs did not hatch. Romy picked up the instructions and informed me that it may take more than a day due to the water temperature.
I was so disappointed that Romy, who was to be the godmother to my monkeys, did not get to experience their miraculous birth. Even more disappointed that the next day, Romy and I were headed to her house in the country and she would again not have the opportunity to see them come to life because despite homeschooling her kids, Romy had NEVER seen live Sea Monkeys.
Let me repeat that for emphasis:
ROMY HAD NEVER SEEN LIVE SEA MONKEYS.
Un-American. It’s equivalent to never having had a Chia Pet. Everyone needs to do it once.
And I had owned Sea Monkeys before. In seventh grade, I had some. I don’t remember the specifics but I think they may have started to smell and we um…disposed of them. Don’t ask.
I came home from the country on Friday and immediately ran to my little Sea Monkey tank.
LIFE! THEY’RE ALIVE!
Oh sure, they were just tiny little dots but they were alive! I didn’t fail! (at least at this one thing.)
Now, I can proudly say that I have a pretty healthy amount of Sea Monkeys. I am officially a Sea Monkey Farmer. They’re only a week old and they are thriving. I can’t wait til they breed. I don’t want to rush them to grow up and I’d like them to be kids for as long as they wish but I want grandmonkeys!
I just wanted to let you all know that I am embarking on this new adventure. I will keep you updated and will eventually post pics (because I know you are all on the edge of your seat) and maybe even videos of my thriving Sea Monkey World. Until then, wish me luck on my breeding.
….of Sea Monkeys…not of myself.