Earlier today, around lunch time, my son and I were both standing next to each other in front of the kitchen counter, silently eating our respective sandwiches, while watching our lone goldfish in his tiny fish bowl. Between bites of my sandwich, I asked him, “Do you suppose he gets lonely?” “Yeah, he probably does”, he replied. And we started discussing how no one really pays attention to lonely old “Wally”, yes that is our goldfish’s name.
But then my son said, “Well, actually he probably gets over it pretty fast, I heard somewhere that gold fish have a memory of about three seconds”. We both laughed, then continued discussing, with such a short memory, could he be depressed or lonely? Because three seconds later, he would be over it, and on to some other “gold fish thoughts”. We laughed again. He then said, “It would be like forgetting where you are, or 480 times a day, the day would seem new, so he wouldn’t get depressed or lonely (1440 minutes per day divided by three= 480). So after our “deep thoughts” on the life of Wally, we decided he isn’t lonely or depressed.
I suspect that as long as Wally gets fed, and someone cleans his little bowl out every once in awhile, he is just happy as a clam in his fishbowl world.
Wally looks pretty happy to me.
So……what do you think?