I had the occasion to wander into a "big box" pet store the other day, and was of course, drawn quickly to the fish section. And I left my "greater than thou" hobbyist attitude at the door...And saw a lot of kids and adults starting at the aquariums, with the typical "Mom, I want this!" pleas...
It's was cool...It reminded me of the power of an aquarium to ignite wonder, awe, imagination- learning. How many journeys of a lifetime start with a "Wow- check this out!" from a kid in a pet shop.
I found it fascinating as a social study.
And you know what?
I was actually pretty encouraged. Aquariums still have a sort of magic power to draw us in. Sure, good advice, clean tanks and such not withstanding, I suppose it is not as important WHERE the initial spark to get into the hobby comes from, as opposed to what the child or adult DOES with the spark.
Agree or disagree? I'm curious!
Remember to excite a kid- or an adult- about our wonderful hobby.
And stay wet!