Elephant drawing by Owen Garratt
W hen Hudson was a toddler, we were enjoying a day at the zoo when this elephant got a bit huffy.
I don’t know what set her off. I guess sometimes you just think “Screw it. I’m not putting up with this.”
We were looking at her, and Hudson was correctly identifying her as an African elephant when she put her ears forward, scooped up some sand, and showered it at us.
Not over the crowd as a whole, not over herself by way of cooling off…at us. Unequivocally.
As I was spitting dust and shaking it out of my hair, Hudson promptly grabbed up a fistful and gave it right back.
The elephant flinched and trumpeted – I guess she wasn’t used to any sass-back, and it looked like a scrap was going to break out until a zookeeper came over and pounced on us.
“She started it!” Hudson retorted, and righteously, just like Kramer and the chimp on Seinfeld!
I roared with laughter at the coincidence and looked around to see if anyone else picked up on it, but the crowd was tut-tutting, clucking their tongues, and sniffing in cool disapproval.
Anyhoo, a while after I finished this drawing, I was interviewed on television, and I dragged this out as part of the show-and-tell. When I got home, Hudson said “Daddy! My elephant drawing was on TV!”
“Uh … did you see Daddy?”
“Yeah, but my elephant drawing was cool!”
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