To clarify, his naming conversation on the way home from the pet store went something like this:
Ryan: So, what are we going to name him?
Oliver (after offering many nonsensical names that just sounded like a lot of consonants rolled together): How about Honey Money?
Ry (thinking he is very clever and probably the first person to think to name a fish this offers): Hmm... how about Gil?
Oliver: Yes! Gil Money!
Me: Alright, Gil Money Myers it is!
Ry (still feeling clever): Yeah, we can call him G-Money!
Yes, we're lame parents. But the good thing is, Oliver doesn't know it yet! You can imagine all the fun points we scored yesterday when we picked Oliver up from preschool and announced on the way to the car that we were taking him to the pet store to pick out his very own fish.
(You know, he's outside swinging right now probably thinking to himself "my parents rock!" Okay, maybe not. But we were really trying to show him a good time!)
So, we have a male betta fish named Gil Money.
His name, though not awesome, is a vast improvement from some of the other options Oliver had. (His other two suggestions were "Scout" and "Hazel". Already taken. But good taste in names, bud!)
Also the type of fish - nothing fancy, but a VAST improvement from his initial choice.
That's right. I have the kid that threw up on the first day of preschool. And now, the kid that chose the dead fish at the pet store. Seriously.
There were two full walls of bright fish tanks filled with all colors and sizes and shapes of fish. We did happen to see one yellow fish floating at the top of one tank and I happened to mention that that was a dead fish. But then we moved on and enjoyed our browsing. And at the end we asked him which fish we should take home and without hesitation he answered, "That dead one!!"
We did finally settle on poor Gil Money, but not before Oliver asked the store clerk if they sold stingrays.
So, now you know. We have a fish. That's his name. And - as Oliver pointed out - the Myers family is officially even-up: Three girls (Me, Haze, Scout) and three boys (Ry, Oliver, G-Money).