When I was tawjihi, I asked my parents for a rocking chair. When my brother was tawjihi, he wanted an aquarium.
There was a period of time where the guys in my family seemed to have a strange fascination with fish, something like a fish boom where out of no where almost each house had an aquarium and it’s not because the mother wanted it but because either the father or the eldest son wanted it. My brother and cousins would take trips to the fish store, and when they got home they would huddle around the aquarium to compare fish and decorations. They would even get creative by trying to bring in different kinds of marine creatures such as water turtles, crabs, etc. One of them even went wild –literally- by putting together a huge aquarium of wild fish. He used to feed them meat or living fish. Yes, he actually went to the pet store, bought golden fish and gave them to his carnivores to devour.
So, what is it with men and fish?
I was discussing this with a friend once and I said that maybe it’s because fish need so much care and men like to feel needed. You know, they have to feed them the right amount of food in the right time, they have to constantly clean the aquarium, it’s a pain actually! But maybe that’s why, fish are needy creatures. But you know the funny thing is 90% of the time the fish doesn’t live for long, so much for neediness!
Any insights, guys?