Crab Protection Services, that is.
The girls and I recently had a discussion about CPS, and what happens when they get involved and how important it is to look for signs of something that isn’t right – because sometimes, small signs that a kid exhibits could be telling a bigger story.
Andra bought red clawed crabs for pets. They are pretty boring pets, and they are wily, and try and escape so they require a little vigilance. We haven’t seen the crabs in a long, long time and I was thinking they were dead. So this morning, I went in, and there, right in view under the castle was the big clawed crab. And then, on top of it, was another big clawed crab and I cried out “Look! Andra! the little clawed crab’s claws grew in! It must have been a baby!” And ha ha ha we laughed in joy, the crabs weren’t dead.
So I pulled out the filter to rinse it, and HELLO! small clawed crab is hanging out in the filter. I have found SCC there before, and I cluck and chastise the dumb crab for getting stuck in the filter. We never see SCC swimming around, and SCC doesn’t come out to eat. Oh! I think. She was having babies, that is why we haven’t seen her.
But this afternoon when I came home, I once again went to check on our mysteriously growing flock of crabs, and hmmmm.. There was LCC. There was a shell and various dismembered parts of LCC Jr. And in the filter? SCC.
Maybe, I haven’t been paying attention to the signs, and SCC is hiding out in the filter to avoid getting EATEN.
I think I should get a good night’s sleep and wake up tomorrow with some fresh eyes. There is no telling what is going on around me that I have missed…
P.S. Part of what is going on around me? Kids. Making out at lunch at Jr. High. I went to pick Andra up for an orthodontist appointment and HELLO! had to ask the make out crew to step aside and let me by. Yikes!
P.S.S. I know after an interminable absence, you expected something meaningful. Well, maybe you need to look around too…