Two nights ago while brushing our teeth, I was asking our daughter Emma what sounds different animals make. We started with the easy pet types (cats, dogs, and birds) before moving on to barnyard livestock (cows, roosters, pigs, horses). Like every other two-year-old in the world, she was a pro at mimicking each of these creatures.
It wasn’t until we came to some of the more exotic members of the wild kingdom that things started to get interesting.
Me: What does an elephant sound like?
Emma: Yeah. Their big noses… achoooooooo!
Me: Okay. How about a Penguin?
Emma: /high-pitched, squeaky voice/ Penguin, penguin, penguin.
Me: That’s what they say?
Emma: Baby penguins. Mama penguins say – PENGUIN, PENGUIN, PENGUIN!
Me: Wow. Well, what noise do monkeys make?
Emma: I like pink bananas!
She delivered each of these answers with no hesitation and complete confidence. At the moment, we’re not sure if she’s a little bit brilliant or just completely batty.
Either way, she’s awfully entertaining.