We've been spending a little bit of our free time at the fish store.(One of Seth's favorite places in the world.) One of my favorite animals there are the tube worms. Well, I pretty much love anything in a reef tank, but the tube worms always catch my eye because they're so beautiful. On our last trip, my son touched the glass of the aquarium they were in and they sucked back into their tubes. Then they slowly inched their way out again to wave with the current. I guess I feel a connection, because I tend to do that myself. Suck in real quick if something scares me. Hide. I think I've been feeling that way this week. I don't really know why, but I just feel like I want to quit. Everything. Do ya'll ever feel like that? I know this feeling won't last, and I'll start coming out of my shell again, but sometimes I just want to acknowledge it.
(image from here)
On a brighter note, we're in the process of turning our 75 galleon freshwater aquarium into a salt tank. It's quite the process. We have to start out with some smaller, hardier (and cheaper fish) in order to "cycle the tank" (which means making sure the salinity, PH and all the bacteria levels are correct so that this fragile environment can flourish.) This part of the process will take six to eight weeks. We bought nine little yellow tail damsels. Even though we won't be keeping them forever, I think they're pretty cute.
I have feeling that God is trying to teach me something about hiding and vulnerability and processes...