How Much Wood

08/20/2018

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

This question has made me ponder since I first heard it as a child. It was foreign to me on several levels. Foremost, what was a woodchuck? Being raised in Kansas this animal was not known. Second, what did it mean to chuck wood? Did it refer to chopping the wood or throwing the cut wood into a storage shed to be used later?  Finally, even if the woodchuck was able to chuck the wood with its tiny paws why would it want to? I admit I didn’t spend a huge amount of time on this question but it is one of those reoccurring phrases that came up periodically throughout my life.

I’m glad to say I believe today I solved the riddle. The furry little animal on the right is a woodchuck. The wood shed was located nearby stocked with wood. Therefore the answer to the riddle is – woodchucks can chuck an entire shed full of wood . . . And they can sell it for $6 a bundle.

THOUGHTS: In life we are confronted with difficult questions that seem to have no answers. When we chose to look beyond the negativity that overwhelms us we can find the joy in life itself. Obviously this illustration is tongue in cheek but it points to the joy and wonder all around.

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