On Saturday we went to a petstore we hadn't been to before. Sam really wanted a mouse (because he cost $2.49 and Sam could afford him). I told him he didn't have enough money for the mouse house, food, accessories, etc. I told Sam maybe we could start with something easier like fish. So each person picked out a standard-run-of-the-mill goldfish. The feeder fish that cost 16 cents.
After we told everyone they could pick one out, the guy there told us that gold fish wouldn't survive in a bowl without a filter very long. We thought we'd try it anyway - we figured they last a few weeks at least. Wrong.
Sunday morning we woke up to the first dead fish. And during church the other 3 died. Jack cried (surprising, I thought it would have been Sam) and the other 3 were relatively unaffected. We thought about replacing them with a betta fish because they live well in a bowl with no filter (and now we have a bowl). But no one's really said anything. So for now, we have an empty bowl, some blue rocks, a can of food, and some water conditioner (to take out the chlorine).
p.s. Sam's fish name was by far the best. He named his Jeff. Charlie named his Max, then Nick, then Nemo, then Bandit (and I'm sure it would have kept changing if the fish had lived longer). Jack never got around to naming his. Luke's was named Junior (by Dan and me - though Dan wanted it to be Dan Jr.)