i’m not a particularly good teller-of-jokes. even the punchlines of knock-knock jokes sometimes evade me and i find myself wracking my brain for the end, while anyone who listens can’t help the yawns. but one of my all-time favorite jokes to tell is the one about the wide-mouthed-frog. my niece heather was the first to tell me this joke; she was a pretty adorable toddler acting out the part of the wide-mouthed frog and i couldn’t help but laugh. now here was one i could remember! there are many versions of this joke now and you can make it last as long as you want; for me, the longer you have people watching you act like a wide-mouthed frog, the better.
the curious wide-mouthed frog hopped happily around, stopping to ask various animals what they are and what they eat. he stopped by a robin and said, “hi! i’m a wide-mouthed frog and i eat bugs! what are you and what do you eat?” the robin replied, “i’m a robin and i eat worms.” “OHHHHHHHHHHHH!” exclaimed the wide-mouthed frog and hopped happily on. he stopped by a giraffe and said, “hi! i’m a wide-mouthed frog and i eat bugs! what are you and what do you eat?” the giraffe replied, “i’m a giraffe and i eat the leaves off the highest trees and bushes around.” “OHHHHHHHHHHHH!” exclaimed the little-bit-more-informed wide-mouthed frog and he hopped happily on. the wide-mouthed frog visited with many different animals on his way, learning new animal names and diets. then he came to the side of a river where a snake was lounging in the sun. “hi,” he said to the snake. “i’m a wide-mouthed frog and i eat bugs! what are you and what do you eat?” the snake sneered at the wide-mouthed frog and, coiled into a tight circle, said, “i’m a snake and i eat wide-mouthed frogs!”
this picture of wide-mouthed-babycat makes me think of that joke. he clearly has no cares in the world and would have no worries, lest his food bowl disappear and the sunlight be gone from the sky. sleeping and eating, pestering the dog, yawning, snoring and vocally demanding attention are his tasks and he is brilliant at each of them. we simply couldn’t resist posting this picture of the cat-we-adore, a part of our world.
and the tightly-purse-lipped-wide-mouthed frog said, “oh.”