In honor of Mother’s Day this week, this one is dedicated to my mom, who was so good at her momming duties that I didn’t even know she did this until I was in my teens.









I just thought Jaws was an especially long-lived goldfish.





80 responses to “Jaws”

  1. Boggleton Drive Avatar

    I had a standard poodle that lived for 14 years. Their average age is 10. Thanks for the seed of doubt! :S

    Great work as always!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Hahaha! Your parents would have to be extremely sly to pull that one off.

  2. Miranda Gargasz Avatar
    Miranda Gargasz

    Awww! What a good mom! Was Jaws one of those really big pop-eyed goldfish? Jimmy had several incarnations of black pop-eyed goldfish he named Gargasz. The first Gargasz went on a honeymoon because he got married. The second Gargasz went to Cleveland to find his long lost brother. Oddly, those are the most well traveled fish who never seemed to make their way home. Hmmm……

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Jaws was just a regular old carnival goldfish :) Gargasz I and II sound like interesting fellows!

  3. teaselcreatures Avatar

    HI Nicole,
    Your mother sounds like she is like mine was, a “super” woman.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      She definitely goes above and beyond, and I’m sure we’ll never really know the half of it.

      1. teaselcreatures Avatar

        P. S. I so admire your blog, your creativity is scintillating! RPB
        The Teasel Lady at teaselcreatures.Wordpress.com

  4. muddledmom Avatar

    That is so sweet! Moms are so great, aren’t they? Love the fish motion. You really outdo yourself every week, don’t you? Clever.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks :) Mom was very clever. She even had me convinced that fish sometimes took naps lying sideways at the top of the bowl… I never doubted her.

  5. becomingcliche Avatar

    You have knocked it out of the ballpark again!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! :D Hope you have a very happy Mother’s Day weekend ahead!

  6. MJ, Nonstepmom Avatar

    Theres so much mom’s do ….really, this should be in a “Mom Manual” !

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Yes, along with a section on sneak-eating forbidden sweets (as seen on Becomingcliche’s post http://becomingcliche.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/sneaky-snacking-101/)

      1. MJ, Nonstepmom Avatar

        I loved that one- she would be perfect to write “the manual”, with you as illustrator!

  7. bhbkidstyle Avatar

    Moms are just great, aren´t they?

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Most of the time…

  8. speaker7 Avatar

    What a sweet mom! Your mom musta gone back and forth to the pet shop a lot. Those goldfish don’t last very long.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      She did! So many times. I can’t even count the number of times I saw Jaws “napping” sideways at the top of his bowl.

      1. misscongreeniality Avatar

        And thus the tale of how Carl came into our lives! My son won a carnival fish tossing a plastic ring onto the neck of a glass coke bottle. Ta-da! We owned a fish. That was a Saturday. And then came Tuesday, and “Goldie” was no more. Fortunately, we had just read a Berenstain Bears book about Sister’s goldfish – shockingly named “Goldie” – dying. So, before the first tear hit the floor, we were off to the pet store, where we found a very low maintenance, less nap-prone Beta, who, of course, my son wanted to name Goldie 2. And I cleverly said “Uh no.” 19 months later, Carl is still an active – albeit quiet – member of the family.
        For sure I should have used the old “going to the city to visit his cousin” bit. Maybe next time!

    2. Liz Avatar

      We actually have a goldfish that’s been in the 1.5 gallon tank since August! The key seems to be to not clean the tank…

  9. Rae Avatar

    Aw, how sweet! I had a similar experience except it was a friend who bought me a goldfish for my bridal shower (kind of weird, I know). Anyway, she was also my roommate in college, and one of the two fish she got me died two days later. I felt bad because she was so excited about them, that I ran to the pet store and bought a new one and she never knew the difference. I had those two fish for the next four years until they finally died. I cried for both of them.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Aww! Poor fishes. I will probably cry when my current goldfish Fish dies. But probably not when my betta fish Other Fish does. (Sorry Other Fish.)

  10. Michelle Gillies Avatar
    Michelle Gillies

    I don’t think any of us will ever know exactly how much our Mom’s did for us under the radar. That’s what makes them Moms.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      You are probably right.

  11. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer Avatar

    It makes me wonder what “mom” things I’ve done that my children will remember some day…
    Your Mom was wonderful in protecting you from the pain of a fish that jumped away from living.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      She is a sweet lady. It allllmost makes me forgive her for jumping into the electric slide at my middle school dance.

      1. Emily Avatar

        Really? I envy your mom’s co-ordination.

  12. kianys Avatar

    I love the animated little goldfish! Cute story :D

  13. Katherine O. Cooper Avatar

    Hi five to the mom once again…she’s actually always my favorite character in your stories, even when she doesn’t arrive in felt ;).

    My dad pulled those kinds of magic tricks for me…keep up the great work! ~ Kate

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      :D Thanks! She’s fantastic.

  14. Jaki Belanger Avatar
    Jaki Belanger

    Thanks Katherine! I am finally a star:) And Nicki, your Jaws story was right on, you are awesome!! MOM

  15. missemmalou Avatar

    How Sweet!

  16. russelllindsey Avatar

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde and commented:

  17. whatimeant2say Avatar

    See now, my mom would have done that, and then told me about it the next day so she could make me feel guilty.

    1. Katherine O. Cooper Avatar

      You’re welcome Jaki :)

      1. Katherine O. Cooper Avatar

        oops…meant to reply to themom reply…hello whatimeant2say…yeah, guilt is a tempting parental tool. two of mine are old enough to call me on it though, so it is becoming less fun ;) .

  18. mycraftcave Avatar

    what an awesome dedication to your mom :)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you! I’m glad she liked it!

  19. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife Avatar

    that is so sweet. i won’t even share the story of what my mom did with our pet parakeet when she died. she should have hung out with your mom. :)

    1. Emily Avatar

      Well, now I want to hear the story……

  20. drewpan Avatar

    Just as the goldfish took the great leap from bowl to table, you’ve taken your great leap from comics to animated comics!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Haha! How poetical!

  21. ashleypatterson21 Avatar


    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you! Glad you liked it!

  22. gobunnybooks Avatar

    Reblogged this on the Go Bunny Books blog and commented:
    aww – this is so cute! #arts #crafts #pets

  23. Monica Avatar

    The forever fish.

  24. Chris Hall Avatar

    I like that you animated the fish. Very cool. =:~)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! I can’t resist when the perfect opportunity to use a gif comes along.

  25. MegansBeadedDesigns Avatar

    Awwww… an amazing mom!

  26. Erica Avatar

    Haha my mum did this with a beta fish that I had when I was kid. The difference was that she can’t keep a secret to save her life, so I found out two weeks later.

  27. Angie Z. Avatar

    Your mom is a saint! I wish my mom would’ve done something similar instead of telling us outright that she ran over our cat :(

      1. Angie Z. Avatar

        My mom still has trouble talking about it. 30 years later!

      2. teaselcreatures Avatar

        Dear Nicole, Thank you for joining my group of friends and family who read my blog,
        Teaselcreature.Wordpress.com. You blog enriches my life in many ways. Our families
        provide endless examples of precious life situations. I am glad you are blogging about yours so eloquently.
        Becky Pinckney
        The Teasel Lady

  28. Emily Avatar

    Hey, I just had an idea–the pet store should issue punch cards, so that, when you buy, say, nine, goldfish/hamsters/turtles/whatever, the tenth one is free. It’d be perfect for parents trying to protect their children’s innocence, and delay having the talk about death.

    1. Emily Avatar

      Wait, I have an even better idea–for people who have pet fish in simple glass bowls instead of proper aquariums, why not just put some mesh fabric over the top, held in place with an elastic band, in between feedings? That way, the fish can’t jump out.

  29. asoulwalker Avatar

    Yay for moms.

  30. Winn Avatar

    Wow, the gift of a gif for the Mother’s Day. Brilliant!!! :) Love the material used to make the glass in the fishbowl and the plastic bag! Happy Mother’s Day to you and your mom.

  31. publikworks Avatar

    We gathered around the toilet bowl for a formal ceremony. I like your tradition better.

  32. trialsinfood Avatar

    what a great mom!

  33. youmakeyourown Avatar

    This is awesome! I never knew so much could be done with felt.

  34. Lori-Ann Avatar

    There are so many fish stories I could tell, so I will have to edit myself. When my boys’ rather large bottom feeder flipped out of the tank alive and flopping around like a thing possessed, I screamed hysterically like a mad woman, and my startled boys ran out the house and brought back the tough kid who sometimes beat them up. Tough kid laughed and scooped some tank water into a margerine container to transport the disgusting thing down to the creek. To tough kid’s credit he didn’t chase me around the house with it, even though I had from time to time “had chats’ with his mother that were not in his favor. Tough kid sat with me until calmed down, actually patting my back at one point, then he and the boys brought that limy terror to its new home where it would never scare the crap out of me again.

  35. Lori-Ann Avatar

    ok, that should be slimy terror, I have no idea what a limy terror would be.

    1. Emile Belanger Avatar

      a Limy terror would be my friend from England lol

  36. Worrywart Avatar

    Really loved the animation!

  37. emmycool99 Avatar

    Wow now i worry about my 3 pets :0
    Great work as always ;)

  38. Jackie G. Avatar

    Cute! You know…in the way a dead fish story could be cute. That didn’t come out the way I wanted it to. What I really wanted to say was I’m glad I logged onto my Google Reader just now because this story reminded me that I forgot to feed my fish today!

  39. pegoleg Avatar

    Hey, you even got that fish to flop around! Crazy, mad skills there. Sounds like your Mom is the best.

  40. riatarded Avatar

    hahah why are goldfish suicidal? when mine died I cried :(

  41. foroneplease Avatar

    So totally adorable!! :) XO!

  42. saradraws Avatar

    I LOVE MOM. Genius.

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