Duke sadly passed away this morning. He hasn’t been feeling well the past couple of weeks, but I didn’t think he’d leave us this soon. We were roommates for three years and his presence is already missed. Although many people laugh at the thought of a fish having personality traits, Duke was a bundle of joy.
Every morning he’d wait to be fed and every time he heard familiar voices, he swam in circles with excitement. He was also very patient. He’d put up with my late night/morning studying, my writer’s blocks and my blabbing. He was just always there for me.
It’s a little difficult for me to wrap my head around the thought that he will no longer be physically there, but in my memories instead. Duke and I shared many memories together that I will cherish forever. One of them being last Christmas morning. I had gotten Duke some accessories for his bowl and wrapped them a couple of days before Christmas. On Christmas morning, we all opened our gifts and I, of course opened them for Duke. Although we all chuckled at this, Duke wasn’t just a pet. He was friend whom I am so blessed to have met.
Duke, I will always love you and keep your night light on so you’re never far away. I hope you are swimming somewhere nice that is more than what my bowl can offer.
February 3rd, 2015 – September 3rd, 2018