How the poor live

by Stephen on September 16, 2009 · 120 comments

in Touching Stories

One day, a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered 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 have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden, and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden, and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard, and they have the whole 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.”


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1 Samantha albert November 30, 2009 at 3:21 pm

This was so funny especially the end.

2 Shazia December 2, 2009 at 4:08 am

I hope this is a real truth of our life, till we are lacking of love of others we are remain poor only.., how much money we may have.., I believe a person who live his life in scarce resources happily is a true achiever in his live..,

Thanks for such a good message ๐Ÿ™‚

3 Jeeva January 3, 2010 at 2:54 am

This was a nice story, i am angry with samantha for saying this story as funny..

4 Nice February 24, 2010 at 4:14 am

It’s so inspiring.

5 Hritu shah. April 19, 2010 at 6:33 am

I also want to visit my village. I am also speechless

6 Harshal April 27, 2010 at 5:37 am

This is a very good story and this is also a real story which the owner of ford tried this with her granddaughter.

7 Eric May 2, 2010 at 9:17 am

I hate this story..while the observation was reasonable, the boy failed to get the real message of the trip!

8 Ske7 May 12, 2010 at 11:04 am

KUL STRY (^^^)

9 Pranav July 8, 2010 at 5:20 am

This is an excellent creation. Not just looking at one side but both sides of the same coin.

We must learn the real message behind it…..

10 Aastha Gosain August 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm

A really touchy one ….:(

11 Chris MS September 10, 2010 at 7:18 am

Richness or poverty is on the eye of the beholder. I always think i’m rich… atleast in the heart. Thanks God!

12 Sandhya September 14, 2010 at 6:33 am

William Wordsworth saw it right…
Child is the father of man ! This story proves it…
A good one indeed !!! ๐Ÿ™‚

13 Carmen September 21, 2010 at 10:41 am

It’s nice. I have heard it before but u reminded me of it.

Thx for reminding ๐Ÿ˜€

14 Aben November 18, 2010 at 6:47 am

It is a good and meaningful story.

15 Danely November 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Thnx for a very wonderful story.. it shows that not all rich people are rich enough.

16 Sony Matharu December 1, 2010 at 9:13 am

Thanx for reminding us what we are !

17 Honey December 12, 2010 at 4:13 am

Very nice….. I am speechless.

18 Priyanka Kadam December 18, 2010 at 10:30 am

Thanks for opening my eyes.

19 milly March 11, 2011 at 9:25 pm

We think that giving material things is what make our children happy but all children really want is to be free run with the chickens and run there feet in the stream and eat an apple off the tree and read them a story for bed thats being rich and happy.

20 Seshu March 16, 2011 at 4:50 am

What a great story infact all the boy told was so true.

21 niraj gupta March 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

It is really good & Touchy story,
thank for this inspirational creation

22 harvinder kumar April 13, 2011 at 7:13 am

its very deep thought which can be dig into artificial hearts.

23 Swati May 10, 2011 at 10:01 am

It is an amazing story..

24 santoshi May 18, 2011 at 12:50 am

really motivating story i like it

25 Nanda Salunkhe May 19, 2011 at 1:45 am

Thanks for sharing this story with us…

26 Naveen May 20, 2011 at 7:34 am

Really awsme…… it has a gr8 meaning…worth story….

27 aiko June 8, 2011 at 5:46 am

nice story! so inspiring ๐Ÿ™‚

28 Phachas June 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm

heheheheh that was funny, really funny, the boy is smart… ๐Ÿ™‚

29 Agribefa June 27, 2011 at 7:47 am

The poor have the piece of mind and the free will to live. The opposite is for the rich, who are enclosed, en-caged, etc

30 Sahib July 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Nice story ๐Ÿ˜€

31 Neeraj Thapa July 7, 2011 at 7:16 am

Very effective story, able to be appreciated.

32 Kagiso Seothaeng July 10, 2011 at 12:26 am

This pierce teaches me how we ppl like to limit ourselves. God gave us the world to live at, we created borders, visa, passports, all these are limitations. THE TIME OF PASSWORD… The will come where a password will be required to enter a church, and we call it advance, I call it limitation…

33 Himanni July 10, 2011 at 2:12 am

Amazing story!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

34 Prashanth Naik July 10, 2011 at 2:15 am

I don’t know who aurhored this story. Whoever it may be, I hats off to him or her for such a beautiful and meaning ful story. It’s the story which really gives the message about many things like, postive attitude, open mindedness, etc.

Once again congratualations for a master piece.
Dr.Prashanth Naik, Mangaloare.

35 Girlygirl July 12, 2011 at 9:03 am

Haha! Clever boy!

36 naveen August 24, 2011 at 8:20 am

nice story very inspirable..

37 naveeng August 24, 2011 at 8:21 am

fantastic story….

38 Rajneet Kaur September 3, 2011 at 4:28 am

awesome story i liked it so much especially the perception of boy to identify the things positively who made his father speechless………….wonderful story thank to its author

39 Priyanka Kumari September 9, 2011 at 3:55 am

Material things didn’t matter in life……………FAMILY, FRIENDS are the people that matters in life

40 Ritika October 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

It is something that every rich people must read

41 Basil P Alias October 19, 2011 at 7:50 am

This was a wonderful story which gives a good message.some peoples says this story awesome,fantastic, amazing etc. But i don’t think they take the moral of this story in their practical life!!!

42 nalini October 27, 2011 at 6:16 am

Fantastic story, really give message to us, that money is not everything, beyond money we also need people in our life for love , relationship & help when need.

43 Akarsh November 1, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Nice story. A different prospective to the see the world. It’s our choice how we see the world around us. lets see it in a positive way.

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a paradise from adversity , or create a prison from blessing.”

44 Monal Thakkar November 8, 2011 at 1:57 am

Superb thought…. truely a vision twister.

45 Aditya November 10, 2011 at 10:00 am

Nice story……….very inspirable……..(:-)

46 Isha November 11, 2011 at 11:03 am

The same story I had last year in my moral book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . but it is one of my favorite stories ๐Ÿ™‚

47 Partha November 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

It is a good story for me. Now I saw that… what is the different between poor and… rich..

48 Gaurav_Luthra December 15, 2011 at 8:08 am

If u r happy with all you got, then your poorness or richness doesn’t matter.

49 Shivani Hablani December 28, 2011 at 1:31 am


50 Raj January 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm

It’s a very good and reasonable story.

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