My son loves animals, and he devours books and TV shows about animals all the time. He derives special joy from remembering facts, statistics and loads of interesting information about animals, and constantly shares them with all of us.
So, for his Father’s Day gift, he has drawn from his knowledge about animals, and has decided to sketch an Emperor Penguin. Male Emperor Penguins incubate the egg for a good two months, with patience and love.
My son sees these qualities mirrored in his Dad and has sketched his Emperor Penguin Dad on a beautiful white cloth tote.
Needless to say, his Dad is touched and thrilled. They exchange high-fives and hugs.
I ask my son who the penguin at the back is. He replies that it is his sister.
“Where am I?” I ask, a little miffed at being left out of this family portrait.
“Oh, mom, female Emperor Penguins go fishing in the ocean. That’s why you are not here”, he says.