Standing at the river’s edge, a boy gazed serenely into the distance. A curious observer approached the child and inquired what he was waiting for.

Without hesitation the youth pointed toward the river and replied, “I am waiting for that steamboat to pick me up.”

“Foolish boy,” remarked the man, “boats don’t stop everywhere. You must wait at the pier.” The boy did not reply, and to the amazement of the stranger, the boat turned to pick up the youngster.

“You see,” exclaimed the boy with confidence as he boarded the boat, “the captain is my father!”