The United States PuzzleDec 05, 2008
This perfect story for the Christmas season comes from a friend, Michael Smith, by way of Donna Holt, of whom I am not familiar. But it's a great tale, appropriate for the time and the times:
A father, while trying to relax after his busy day at work, had just sat down to read his favorite travel magazine when his little girl, as was her custom, ran up and jumped in his lap. She always asked questions about one thing or another and, when she saw a picture of the world on the front cover of the magazine, she asked him what the United States looked like. He flipped through the magazine until he found a map of the U.S. and as he was about to show it to her decided to make a game out of it. So he tore the picture out of the magazine and then tore it into small pieces, gave it to her and said, "now go into the other room and see if you can figure out how to piece it back together correctly." After only a few minutes, she returned and handed him the map, perfectly fitted and taped together. The father in his amazement asked how she had finished so quickly. "Oh," she said, "on the other side of the paper is a picture of Jesus. When I got Jesus put back together in his rightful place, then the country just came together too."