Then [Jesus] went down to Nazareth with [His parents] and was obedient to them» (Luke 2:51).
Benjamin Franklin is one of American history’s most beloved individuals.
While he was a schoolboy his teacher ordered the students in his class to learn some popular stories in preparation for Visitation Day, a special event attended by dignitaries in the community. The schoolmaster insisted that they memorize the stories and recite them in Latin.
«I can’t do this,» Benjamin’s friend Nathan moaned, pointing at the printed version of his story. “The Wolf and the Kid.“ “I’ve already been whipped for not keeping up with the others.»
“Don’t worry,» Benjamin encouraged. “I’ve learned my story, ‘The Dog and His Shadow.’ I’ll help you memorize yours.“
The two worked hard until Nathan could get through his presentation fairly well. When the big day arrived, the important men of Boston showed up in their fancy velvets and silks. Even the governor came.
At the appointed time the schoolmaster rose shakily to his feet. He was very nervous with the dignitaries staring up at him. “And now,” he announced. “Benjamin will take his place onstage and recite ‘The Wolf and the Kid.‘ ”
Benjamin stood and then froze. Wait, he thought. That‘s Nathan’s story! Even though I can recite it, that will leave Nathan with nothing to present. And if I point out the teacher’s mistake, he’ll be embarrassed in front of these important men. So Franklin just stood silent. “You‘re a wicked, stubborn boy,» the governor snarled. “Take this child and whip him.”