I was in the kitchen with Pickle and she was happily playing with her Little Pet Shop animals so I called my sister and, while I was talking, walked into the living room to try and clean up a little while I chatted.
A few minutes into the conversation I that that sudden "it's too quiet here" feeling. Normally, very little time can pass without Pickle asking for something to eat or drink or making general demands--I knew something was up!
What I discovered was a most disturbing sight--water everywhere and Pickle near the fish tank holding a bag of cotton balls.
Upon closer examination, I realized that she had decided to fill the tank with the cotton balls while removing stuff like plants and rocks which were strewn all over the floor.
As I removed more and more of the drenched cotton balls, I realized one of the fish was missing.
I looked all over the floor and couldn't find him anywhere. Then I spotted the poor thing in a nearby basket. I scooped him up in my hand but he was totally lifeless.
On the off chance a miracle could occur, I plunged him into the water and he took a fish gasp and came back to life!
I don't know how long he was out of the water--but apparently a fish can look totally dead and still be alive!
Anyway, Pickle got in BIG trouble and had to go on a time-out in her room which she was not the least bit happy about.
But, when the time-out was over and she calmed down, she uttered one of the better Pickle quotes: I told her to go apologize to the fish and she said "I sorry fish. I sorry I killed you."
I had to hide in the other room so she wouldn't see me laughing!
Sorry I killed you...