When I was little I used to love the absurd riddles known as ‘elephant jokes’. The other day I was reminded of this particular one:
Q: How many elephants will fit into a Mini?
A: Four: Two in the front, two in the back.
when my husband exclaimed, while playing with our daughter:
Quanti elefanti ci sono in questa casa?! How many elephants are there in this house?!
He was in the middle of reading her the recently rediscovered Dear Zoo book, which involves an elephant, as does another favourite Elephant Wellyphant. This was five minutes after watching a video with a dancing elephant, while playing with her safari puzzle, trying to match the animals on screen to the wooden pieces, which is her current obsession- finding things that are the same (from birds to bananas to boots), whether they are real or representations (made of paper or pixels or plastic). Whenever she recognises something and knows where to find another one, it is like she has hit the jackpot and you can almost see her eyes light up and hear the click of connections in her brain, like a mini fruit machine.
But back to the elephant question- there are at least four in this house, but I’m quite sure there are more. And I’m even more sure that our little detective will help us find them, wherever they may be hiding.