I'd like to introduce you to someone. His name is Spike and he's been a member of our family for a very long time. Isn't he a cutie?
Rewind 16 years . . . When Jacob was four years old, he headed off to his friend Jack's birthday party. When I picked him up at the end of the day, I was surprised to find a very unusual item in Jacob's party favor bag — a baby frog! Yes, Jack's mom thought it would be fun to give all of the party guests pet frogs in small jars of water to take home. Crazy, right? Though Jacob was happy, John and I weren't thrilled to have an instant pet. We didn't even have a proper tank to put it in, let alone frog food. So I quickly did research online and learned that this sudden addition to our family was an aquatic African clawed frog. With that knowledge in hand, we headed out to the pet store to get the appropriate supplies. Once we got our new baby frog set up in his new home on the kitchen counter, Jacob promptly named him Spike.
Fast forward 16 years . . . Spike is still going strong. Plus, out of all of the partygoers' frogs, he is the only one that is still alive. Why has Spike lived so long? We're not really sure. Perhaps it's because we've always used spring water in his tank. Or maybe it's because we have a cover on the tank so he can't jump out and go exploring. But I believe it is due to the fact that for all these years, Spike's tank has been front and center on our kitchen counter, right in the thick of things. He gets to see us come and go. And I think he likes watching John cook dinner every evening. :)