THE ELEPHANT AND HIS SON
and his son were spending an evening at home. Elephant Son was singing a
"You must be silent," said Father Elephant. "Your papa is trying
to read his newspaper. Papa cannot listen to a song while he is reading
"Why not?" asked Elephant Son.
"Because Papa can
think about only one thing at a time, that is why," said Father
Elephant Son stopped singing. He sat quietly. Father Elephant
lit a cigar and went on reading.
After a while, Elephant Son asked,
"Papa, can you still think about only one thing at a time?"
boy," said Father Elephant, "that is correct."
"Well then," said
Elephant Son, "you might stop thinking about your newspaper and begin to
think about the slipper that is on your left foot."
"But my boy," said
Father Elephant, "Papa's newspaper is far more important and interesting
and informative than the slipper that is on his left foot."
be true," said Elephant Son, "but while your newspaper is not on fire from
the ashes of your cigar, the slipper that is on your left foot certainly
Father Elephant ran to put his foot in a bucket of water. Softly,
Elephant Son began to sing again.
Knowledge will not always take the place of simple