We returned from spring break today to some sad news. Our class pet Bunny Goldfish had died while in the care of the school secretaries. The poor ladies were devastated by the loss but seemed to be holding up quite well considering. Personally, I asked for a bereavement day but was denied by my boss. So as a final tribute we decided, as a class, to write poor Bunny’s obituary, or obit as Mrs. Volker would say.
April 14th 2104- Bunny Goldfish was in great health all the way up to the end and until recently had been swimming in an upright manor. Bunny was named after the fictional character Stella “Bunny” Huffer due to our class’s great love for the book Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos. Before being named Bunny she was simply referred to as Fish for the first half of her life.
During her short life she touched the hearts of many individuals and classrooms alike. Bunny’s career as a class pet began in UPK in September 2012. She survived many close calls during UPK including several sharp taps to the glass, run-ins with the drain and even one close call with a garbage disposal.
Bunny inspired many smiles from UPK students. In fact, one former student, now in Kindergarten (K), we interviewed via telephone, remembered her fondly.
Me: Do you remember your gold fish from last year?
Me: Do you have any memorable stories about her?
Me: Do you remember what color she was?
But the memory of Bunny did not end there. She spent a quiet relaxing summer away from school, where she was joined by Jack. Jack was a carnival fish that was “won” for the small cost of $5.00 or 25 Ping-Pong balls. Jack and Bunny became inseparable during this time and could often be seen swimming together at all times of the night and day.
Bunny resumed her class pet duties, along with Jack, in the fall of 2013. Having moved up to 4th grade, she enjoyed the added attention including new rocks and a castle with plastic plants. Her fan base grew as the year went on. Staff and students alike would often stop by for a visit. Her knack for making people smile was infectious. Bunny will be remembered as one of the most popular school goldfish of all time. She will be missed sorely.
This reminds us of this date in 1865 when our most famous president Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. President Lincoln was attending a production of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater when Booth shot him from behind before leaping to the stage and escaping Washington. The aftermath of his death was felt throughout the north and south and millions of people came to see his funeral procession. Following his death, Ulysses S. Grant was quoted saying that Lincoln was, "incontestably the greatest man I ever knew."
September 2012 – April 2014