A father had a son
who came to him with a splinter in his finger. The splinter was
deeply embedded into his little finger, and the father knew that
he would have to dig it out but was concerned with how his son
would take this minor surgical procedure.
Finally, he said,
"Son, this is a bad splinter, and I am going to have to dig
it out; otherwise, it will get infected."
The little boy said,
"Dad, I have an idea—why don't we just put a band-aid
The father replied,
"Band-aids don't work for problems like this one."
The little boy had
a difficult time understanding that for healing to take place,
the problem would require a painful cure.