Adam and the Creatures

“When he established the heavens I was there,…
then was I, [Wisdom,] beside him as his craftsman,
and I was his delight day by day
Playing before him all the while,
playing on the surface of his earth;
and I found delight in the sons of men.”
(Proverbs 8:27a, 30-31)

“So the Lord God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air, and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them; whatever the man called each of them would be its name.”
(Genesis 2:19)

The setting: a bright blue day, when the world was new.

God: “Here, son, what do you think of this one?”

Adam: “Why’s his neck so long?”

G: “For fun!”

A: “Okay, giraffe!”

G: “Excellent. How about him?”

A: “His mane is proud. Lion!”

G: “He’s the king of beasts. We’ll set him over here, to watch. Now, what about this fellow?”

A: “Stripes! Excellent! Tiger!”

G: “Excellent indeed! He goes over here, next to the lion. Careful they don’t argue! Now, how about him?”

A: “Stripes again?”

G: “He got them from the tiger.”

A: “But he looks just like the horse from earlier!”

G: “Sure, but this fellow is a horse with stripes!”

A: “You’re repeating yourself, Dad.”

G: “Well, son, I do have a few ideas about how to do things.”

A: “Of course you do, Dad! Zebra!”

G: “Very good. Now. Here’s an interesting one for you.”

A: “Big!”

G: “Yes, very.”

A: “Hmmm… Dad, the nose. It’s just a bit awkward.”

G: “Careful, son, he has a long memory.”

A: “Okay, then, Father. Elephant!”

G: “Sounds just right. Here’s another nose for you.”

A: “Dad! This nose is even funnier. What’s he do?”

G: “He eats ants.”

A: “Does he like eating ants?”

G: “Don’t worry, he doesn’t mind.”

A: “Okay, then, Dad. Anteater!”

G: “Done. What about this little guy?”

A: “Hey, he’s wagging his tail! Dog!”

G: “Just right. I knew you’d like him. Now, let’s try some birds! …”