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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.”


{ 121 comments… add one }
  • Tim July 12, 2019, 10:24 pm

    This story reads to me to be one about perspective.

  • Nicole November 17, 2014, 3:05 pm

    This is a very touching story !!!!!!!!!!

  • Nickname October 20, 2014, 11:38 am

    I loved this story it was awesome

  • Nickname October 20, 2014, 11:28 am

    That dad got owned. Ohhhhh 😀

  • John ebei June 10, 2014, 12:20 pm


  • Shubham June 6, 2014, 7:14 am

    I read this story And it’s awesome…..

  • Aarushi June 4, 2014, 3:31 am

    This was a wonderful story

  • Shiny May 18, 2014, 11:28 am


  • Prachi Sharma April 27, 2014, 11:40 am

    Thnx………. leaves a nice message

  • Divya March 31, 2014, 1:48 pm

    Ok got it true and inspiring

  • S.J.RAJ March 10, 2014, 8:44 am

    Ohh it’s zaphata. Thx.

  • Sayed Irfan January 31, 2014, 4:13 am

    Really very inspiring story, it teaches a lesson to help the needy, which helps us to be a human being.

  • Sanjog Varshney December 18, 2013, 12:43 pm

    It was a truly inspiring story.

  • Precious Defiño December 9, 2013, 12:08 am

    This is a really wonderful story! I love it! 🙂

  • Alekhya November 27, 2013, 8:24 am

    Wonderful stories.

  • Sumangla November 8, 2013, 2:39 am

    Too good story.. Really touching my heart…

  • Fiza October 4, 2013, 11:30 am

    Amazing. Makes you realize that it is us who are poor.

  • DC Gupta August 19, 2013, 12:36 pm

    I love this story 🙂

  • Aashim August 11, 2013, 12:47 pm


  • Shivi August 3, 2013, 3:11 am

    This was not so funny samantha.

  • UD July 19, 2013, 3:26 am

    Wow…..yes it is….anyone can’t say anything because that kid says the truth 😀

  • Kebaso Fred June 18, 2013, 3:22 am

    This is a great story, it really depicts the picture of Africa.

  • Salakha June 12, 2013, 8:50 am

    Its a beautiful story. The lesson is not for the boy to learn, its for us.

    The story is trying to tell us to appreciate and be happy with what we have and not lement for what we do not have. You have to read between the lines.


  • Letizia Malik June 3, 2013, 12:46 pm

    Ooooooh I luv this story 🙂

  • Prasurjya May 16, 2013, 10:49 pm

    Super….super…thnx…God bless…

  • Tunji May 16, 2013, 6:55 pm

    Highly commendable, please keep this feri burning God bless you.

  • Eric May 10, 2013, 7:37 am

    The paradox of being rich: being rich is not so much on the acquisition of wealth but living the most simplest and natural life.

  • Mahesh m April 20, 2013, 9:19 pm

    It’s really great.

  • Krishnapriya April 17, 2013, 2:26 am

    I am speechless!

  • Manga April 16, 2013, 6:53 am

    I think it is heart touching…really it’s awesome…..

  • James debbarma April 11, 2013, 5:25 am

    It is indeed happy to gratitude to the writter for inovating and bringing out with a beautiful melody how proletariat people shelter and survive … to be opine its really melting my hearts and from d view of this story what hurts me is that people who r all from d rich family are looking down upon the poor which making obscen to the creature of god.

  • Devansh April 8, 2013, 8:40 am

    Why can’t you have a “love” button, so we could press it thousands of times.

    • Stephen April 8, 2013, 8:57 am

      THANKS Devansh!!!

  • Romaana March 31, 2013, 10:37 am

    Asalam walaikum! {Hi} I am a kid, age 11, I am not in my country ( India ) now, I am thinking that if I will be in India so I will sure serve poor & needy people if I will see them I think that I will give them money, give food, clothes like this I am thinking, and when I am thinking about poors will sure cry ….. But overall talking about the story is very nice, awesome, excellent and superb.

  • Abc March 28, 2013, 4:45 am

    Nice story

  • Smruti Joshi March 26, 2013, 12:56 pm

    It was so inspiring.. Loved reading it.. Really a heart touching one..

  • Shajeem March 7, 2013, 3:04 pm

    It is a very interesting web site.

  • Tanveer February 24, 2013, 2:31 pm

    It really touches my heart.

  • Keshal ♥ :) January 30, 2013, 1:22 am

    Nice story ! 🙂 and inspiring ♥

  • Mehul Tanna January 1, 2013, 12:49 pm

    Very nice story…:)

  • Charm ♥ December 26, 2012, 10:10 pm

    Nice one

  • Ian A December 23, 2012, 10:06 am

    True story, the reality, super like…

  • Candy December 1, 2012, 9:53 am

    The boy is innocent but he cannot know the exact meaning of poverty.

  • Rajeev Kumar December 1, 2012, 6:22 am

    It’s a really heart touching Story…. I like it… it’s a very innocent story you can say.

  • Prakash srivastava November 29, 2012, 12:11 am

    Its very Important & heart touching & learn about life

  • Sanjana Kukreja.. November 15, 2012, 9:39 am

    awesome story………………….

    I just luv it…………………………………….

    kep on writing dear……..

    this story shows the actual side of the richer ones.

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