By Diane Ako
My friend, Rep. Tom Brower (D-23), came to visit me at an event recently. He's such a sweet person.
I had mentioned I just bought opae ula for myself as pets, and he thoughtfully came bearing more shrimp for me as a gift. With more brackish water! He thinks of everything!
I was surprised and delighted. (Doesn't take much.) "Why, Tom? I already have nine!"
"I used to raise fish. In case they die, you have more. Or you can put a second set on your desk," he explained.
The Wills & The Bills are all alone in a large home, so I thought it would be fabulous to add another 10 friends to the mix. Lots of room for another eight ounces of water + opae.
I decided to gift it to Olivia. "Honey, I have a regalito for you!" I called upon arrival.
She was quite excited. (Takes even less.)
"Why don't you name your shrimp, too?" I suggested.
"I'm going to call them Lava Boys & Shark Girls!" she cried. (Sidebar: hottie Taylor Lautner acts in this Disney film. He's way too young for me, but if I had to call it, I'd be Team Jacob.)
Then we ceremoniously poured the shrimp in to meet their new roommates.
Having 19 shrimp in the vase really adds to the fun. They swim in circles, scavenge for stuff on the bottom and steal each other's spirulina globs, and it's all entertaining to look at.
Thanks, Tom! You're the best!