The father, blankly staring at the television screen, replied, "In a little while son. Let me finish watching this inning. Come back in five minutes."
"Okay, Daddy," said the boy and ran out of the room. Five minutes later the boy returned screaming, "Daddy, let's go, let's play some catch now!"
The father turned to the boy and said, "Hold on son. The inning is not quite over. Come back in five more minutes."
"Okay, Daddy," said the boy as he shuffled out of the room.
Five minutes later the boy returned ball and glove in hand eagerly awaiting for his father to play some catch.
"Daddy, Let's go. I want to be Ken Griffey, Jr.!" shouted the boy.
By this time the father had cracked open another cold one and another inning was taking place. Frustrated by the boy's constant hindrances, the dad scanned the room. He noticed a magazine underneath the coffee table. On the cover of the magazine was a large picture of the world. The father, who was angered and annoyed, bean tearing the magazine cover into small pieces. After a few moments of shredding the magazine cover, the father placed the torn pieces in front of the boy. He said, "Son, once you put this picture of the world back together we can play catch. But do not interrupt me again until you are done!"
Apprehensively, the boy took the magazine and sulked into his room as he sobbed. "Okay, Daddy, I won't."
A few moments later the boy returned and said, "I'm done, Daddy. Can we play catch now?"
Stunned, the father glanced toward his child. There in his small hands laid the magazine with the world pieced perfectly together. Amazed the dad asked his child how he put the world together so quickly.
"It was simple," stated the boy. "On the back of the world was a picture of a person. Once I put the person together, that's when the world came together."
Reprinted from Grace Drops, Volume II (2004).