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Illustration: Questions, Fathers and Sons

One day, a youngster was really excited about getting to go fish with his dad. The inquisitive 7-year-old had lots of questions.

"Dad," he asked, "what makes this boat float?"

The father replied, "Son, I don't rightly know."

A few moments later the youngster asked, "Dad, how can fish breathe below the water?"

The father replied, "Son, I don't rightly know."

After a few minutes of silence the youngster had another question, "Dad, why is the sky blue?"

The father again replied, "Son, I don't rightly know."

Another few minutes passed in silence when the youngster asked, "Dad, does it bother you that I'm always asking questions?"

His father thought for a moment and said, "No, son, it doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I'm glad you ask questions. How else will you learn anything if you don't ask questions?" (from The Sermon Fodder List)