Well, Frog left us. She bailed like her sister frog did and now we are frogless--at least I think so anyway. That's the thing about frogs--I saw a little one in there a few weeks ago, but haven't seen him a awhile, so he may be hiding out, gone hoppin' or dead--you just never know. I guess that's the beauty of nature, it is always a surprise.
I sort of sensed Frog was leaving. She seemed lonely after Other Frog left, and I kept finding her out in the yard the past two days. Although I corralled her like a backyard cowboy, I just kept finding her a bit too far from the pond. Add in an empty belly and some rain, girlfriend bailed. Maybe she went looking for a male or maybe her pally. I don't know much about frogs other than they have wee brains and big feet. It's a dangerous combination that sometimes leads to new adventures for frog friends and not always such pleasant outcomes.
As I looked out yesterday morning, I realized that she was gone. I did the usual garden checking and a bit of snooping through the fence at the neighbors pond, somewhat hoping I'd see the two of them there--but alas, no frogs. Sigh. It was official, we're frogless.
So, I felt bad for a few hours, kept checking the pond hoping to see a beady set of eyeballs breaking the surface to no avail. She's not coming back. I just hope she made it to some water and not the perils of Flat Stanley.
And then I did what mom's do best--I went to the garden store and bought myself two more tadpoles. Yep. Replaced the suckers.
Nobody is irreplaceable, I'm told--and so the garden store delivers. They had a whole bucket full of wanna-be frogs just begging me to take them home. Em was pushing for 7 or 8 of them, I settled for 2. There is already one tadpole in the pond, so I think 3 is a nice number of new pallies.
So, now there is something new to watch for. Gone are the old pallies with a wish of luck. In are the legless wonders of new beginnings. Add that to the 3 baby fish, Aloysia the bedridden fish of bottom living, Sharkbait--King of the Pond, and a whole new bunch of minnows that Joe and Em bought the day before. The pond is once again brimming with life.
I'll bet they are sorry that they ever left.