The youngest of his sons was Benjamin. He was born in 1706 [on January 17]. He was different from his brothers. He was only knee high to a grass hopper when he first learned to read and he wondered and asked questions from morning till night. He was a merry little fellow with stocky legs and a bright mind, busy with flights of fancy and practical ideas. he thought it a pity that his father, who was so busy working to keep them all in food and clothes, should waste so much time saying a long grace each time he ate.
"Father," he said one day as they were sitting down to table, "think of all the time you could save if you would thank the Lord, once and for all, for the whole larder."
His father was pious and serious but could not help smiling, and when he told his friends what a clever young son he had, they laughed with him and agreed that Benjamin was so bright he might even become a minister.
p 4 Benjamin Franklin by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire, Doubleday & Co. Inc, Garden City, New York, 1950.