Aquarium | East Wenatchee, WA | October 2019

How are this fish and my ego alike? The alluring bala shark, a favorite of home aquariums, grows too large too fast. First a minnow, then a monster. Also, its arrogance often propels the darned thing over the tank’s edge — from what it knows (a cozy aquarium) to what it doesn’t (the living room floor). The fish — and me, too — might gain insight from such an ego-driven leap, but then quickly regret it. Heck, we’re out of our element and gasping for breath.

[In photo: The bala shark, not really a shark but shaped like one, reflects fluorescent light at a local pet store.]