One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a few days and nights at the farm of a very poor family.
On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”
“It was great, Dad.” “Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked. “Oh yeah,” said the son.
“So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.
The son answered: “I saw that we had a dog and that they had four. We have a pool that reaches the middle of our garden and they have an endless stream. We have imported lanterns into our garden and they have the stars at night. Our terrace extends over the garden and they have all the horizon.
“We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.
“We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs.
“We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”
The boy’s father was speechless.
Then his son added, “Thanks dad for showing me how poor we are.”
Love, Unity, Care, Satisfaction is richer than any comfort money gives.
This is the reason my mother always said she was poor growing up but didn’t know it. My family had each other, a roof over their heads and enough to eat. My Nana made all of their clothes and they were lucky enough to have 2 pairs of shoes (1 for school and 1 for church). In the summer they would play barefoot (I did too). As an adult I lived in the country and would lie on a pallet in the yard at night and look at the stars and fireflies. So very peaceful…no city lights…just me and the universe. ~ Kera