Children thrive on laughter. They enjoy jokes and riddles – and being surprised into gales of giggles. Creating nonsense words is hugely satisfying. But sometimes their quirky delight gets them into trouble.
I recently sat near a family at a concert. During an exquisite cello solo, the six-year-old suddenly doubled up with mirth which he desperately tried to contain. His parents were annoyed. But following his eyes, I realised what he was watching: the curve of the grand piano reflected two cellists colliding the tips of their bows! It took a child to spot this wacky double image.