My Fish

Yes, I name my fish.  They adorn our pool, and each is unique.  Much like my children at school, they have personalities and character.  They make me smile.  I love my fish.  They’re my summer family.

“Ted”, named after Hubby’s brother.
Ted was purchased on the last visit
before his brother died.
How cool to see this fish every day!

“Mr. Mica” is delicate and lovely against the sun.
Yes, he is made of mica.

“Jewels” is on the post that gets the last rays of sun
at the end of the day.  Imagine the sun has set,
yet “Jewels” still shimmers.

“Nemo”, of course.

“Spike” is tough.  We love him.

“Bird House” is sometimes a home
deep inside for mamas raising their baby birds.
Watching them fly in and out is a treat.

“Goldie” is our lovely, delicate windsock fish.

“Copper” is big and loves to look over the little fish.

“Mr. Scales” has been around a long time.
The red paint shows off his scales.

We have close to 40 fish at the pool.  Yes, they all have names.  They’re family.  Lucky me!


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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78 Responses to My Fish

  1. Athira says:

    Woww, it so so lovely

  2. Ritu says:

    They are all gorgeous and worthy of names! 🥰

  3. I love how you’ved named your fish!

  4. Norah says:

    Lucky you, indeed! And lucky fish. I love the concept of Bird House. How cool to have birds nest in an ornamental fish. I wonder if it’s the only one in the world – unique, like you. I wouldn’t be surprised.

  5. beth says:

    this is so cute and unique and I love that you named them and each has a story. you have your very own school at home

  6. I’m envious of your fish – your lucky, named fish, each with their own personality and grace. Being a Pisces, I adore them. My mom and I saved fish earrings over the years, giving a pair to each other on our birthdays (both of us Pisceans). She’s no longer alive, but every time I wear a pair of fish earrings, I murmur a hello to her.

  7. Darlene says:

    I love your fish and am not surprised you have named them.

  8. quiall says:

    What a lovely collection! Birdhouse is my favourite. What a great idea.

  9. If I owned those fish, they’d all have names as well, Jennie. I love they have stories behind them also. My wife remembers where all our Christmas ornaments came from – this post reminded me of that.

    • Jennie says:

      Awww…I’m glad this brought you some good memories. It’s taken us 20 years to slowly collect these fish. Perhaps that’s why they have names and personalities.

      On a side note, I loved your blog many years ago, especially the sports, and I’m so glad you’re back. Please tell me your first name, and apologies for forgetting.

      • Jennie, it is Bruce. No apologies necessary at all, as I was going by “sportsattitudes” back then (not using my name then either!). And, it is also a pleasure to be following your blog once again. I’ve always enjoyed your posts and look forward to many more!🙂

      • Jennie says:

        Bruce…Yes!! It just wasn’t coming to me. Thank you, and I feel the same way about your blog. 😀

  10. How cool! I would love to see the birds flying out in and out of the fishes mouth. Bird House is the perfect name for it.

  11. beetleypete says:

    I would name them too. How lovely that one gets used as a bird house!
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      Because we collected these slowly over 20 years, each fish had time to shine and become name-worthy. Bird House is a case in point.🙂 Thank you, Pete!

  12. Ally Bean says:

    I cannot imagine NOT naming your fish. Obviously you have your priorities right.

  13. Thank you for sharing your fish family, Jennie.

  14. Dan Antion says:

    Well done, Jennie! I like that you name your fish.

  15. barbtaub says:

    What a fabulous collection!

    • Jennie says:

      And to think this is just a quarter of our fish family. When they accumulate slowly over 20 years, they really do become part of the family. Thank you, Barb!

  16. Jim Borden says:

    what a festive way to brighten up your environment…

  17. TanGental says:

    It’s got to be Spike. Love those spines…

    • Jennie says:

      Oh, he is tough and cool. It takes a year to actually name the fish. I remember the day I suggested “Spikey.” Hubby looked at me with steely ‘you’ve-got-to-be-kidding’ eyes. He said, “Spike.” And, he was absolutely right. Spike agrees, too.

  18. CarolCooks2 says:

    What a lovely collection and I love the stories behind each one ..I collect rocking horses and they all have a story as do my collection of Christmas decorations and kitsch all so precious and bring so much pleasure like your fish, Jennie…I do hope you get another nesting pair in your birdhouse very soon x

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Carol! Collections are a treasure, and I’m glad I shared my fish and their names. Have you posted about your rocking horses and their stories? I would love to read about them. Stories are the keeper of memories, and they are precious. I do hope there is another bird nesting in the fish.

  19. I love your characterful fish and their names. Great to have them round the pool. I bet they all go for a swim when you switch out the house lights and start to snore.🤣🤣

  20. That’s great, Jennie! Then you are the mermaid in the middle. 🙂 Best wishes, and enjoy a beautiful weekend! xx Michael

  21. 40! What a wonderful way to brighten up the pool with art. Your fish family is gorgeous and diverse. Have a wonderful start to school, Jennie.

  22. Wow …. love it ! … very nice names and they are beautiful 😍

  23. AmyRose🌹 says:

    How creative you are, Jennie! Your kids at school must adore you! We seriously need more teachers that clearly show how much they love what they do.

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  25. dgkaye says:

    I love your fish family Jennie. That’s beautiful. ❤

  26. Prior... says:

    These are wonderful fish and your collection sounds like such an enrichment to the pool – with memories, fun, mood, etc
    Enjoyed seeing your artsy fish

  27. LaShelle says:

    40 is a lot but that’s incredibly cool!! Thanks so much for sharing your friends with me 🥰 I especially love jewels it reminds me of that book about the fish who gave away it’s scales so that everyone could look beautiful

  28. bosssybabe says:

    haha I love that you do this! When Charlotte was a baby and I was lonely during the days on maternity leave, I would give all her little toys names lol… Phil (the mini bottle of Cetaphil cream) lol, Doug (her dog attached to her mobile/playmat), it kept me sane LOL

  29. Very nice fish, Jennie. I name my dolls 💖

  30. TJRune says:

    Delightful, I too, name a number of inanimate things, and have plenty of real fish in my time.

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