Prison help!

by Stephen on November 2, 2008 · 60 comments

in Moral Stories

An old man lived alone in Minnesota. He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work. His only son, who would have helped him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned his situation:

Dear Son,
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my potato garden this year. I hate to miss doing the garden because your mother always loved planting time. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me, if you weren’t in prison.


Shortly, the old man received this telegram: ‘For Heaven’s sake, Dad, don’t dig up the garden!! That’s where I buried the GUNS!!’

At 4 a.m. the next morning, a dozen FBI agents and local police officers showed up and dug up the entire garden without finding any guns.

Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son telling him what had happened, and asked him what to do next.

His son’s reply was: ‘Go ahead and plant your potatoes, Dad. It’s the best I could do for you, from here.’


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{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Abhijit Medhi November 2, 2008 at 9:59 pm

What a lovely prank!

2 Fatimah November 25, 2008 at 7:03 am

I wish every dad had a son like him….!!!!!!

3 Nisa February 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm

So sweet of him….

4 Aqueel March 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm

W oh! indeed son for every sun (dad)

5 Imole Joseph April 25, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Thanks for lifting up my spirit.

6 BoBbY October 1, 2009 at 10:20 am

This was so sweet… I love it, I want to marry it! UgHH!!!!

7 UMENDRA November 5, 2009 at 8:31 am

Good moral with humour

8 Rea December 2, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Nice shot!!!

9 ThE Rh!No December 10, 2009 at 12:16 pm

I love it!!! It drives me crazy, almost to tears! Gasp gasp gasp !!! OMG goodness gracious! That’s adorable 🙂 I love it!!! Love!!!

10 Manu January 19, 2010 at 9:02 am

Really a nice story….

11 Lei February 16, 2010 at 7:15 am

what a nice story~! wish all those people out there read this one. very unique and humorous. double Thumbs up!

12 Vizay April 12, 2010 at 4:55 am

It’s a wonderful story…….

13 Nafisa June 18, 2010 at 9:41 am


14 Lubin July 12, 2010 at 11:09 pm

That was Funny!!

15 Nica September 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm

love it!!!!!!!!!!!:)

16 Charulatha Senthilkumar November 23, 2010 at 5:41 am

I love this story…. wonderful and meaningful story

17 Joe November 24, 2010 at 2:07 am

Wow…the son is so clever…:)

18 PrettySakura07 November 29, 2010 at 11:14 pm

I love this story, it’s so nice. Thanks for posting. =)

19 Joker December 18, 2010 at 11:18 am

Nice. Even in his situation, he still takes the time to do whatever he can for other people. Wish there were more people in the world like this. Thanks for posting.

20 chad April 4, 2011 at 3:40 am

nice one…….

21 alitha April 29, 2011 at 11:22 pm

great one..i love the heart of the amazing love for his father. hope everyone is like them.

22 philu May 5, 2011 at 5:26 am

Hey wat a killer thinking dude. I learnt now that you can help anyone if we don’t give lame excuses to avoid it!!!!!

23 nihal May 17, 2011 at 1:22 am

intelligent aadmi hai, jail me rehte hue bhi apne papa ki madad kar diya… Very nice story and a nice moral..

Nihal mahato

24 phachas June 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm

HAHHAHAHH, nice, I love the son 😛

25 Van July 6, 2011 at 4:03 am

Haha! The son is so sweet. I bet his handsome too. =) nice one!

26 Priyanka Kumari September 9, 2011 at 5:00 am

thanks for such a nice story……….

27 Sukky September 15, 2011 at 8:17 am

A beautifully composed story and the moral is highly projected. Doing good leave one with no excuse.

28 Nikhil raj October 6, 2011 at 6:46 am

Moral, love, affection, humor… all in one… loved it!

29 Prison wife November 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

So perfect for our situation.. Thanku for the laugh and positive cry:) I passed it along to my husband who is serving 5 years

30 pinky November 17, 2011 at 11:21 am

good one…it has an inner meaning of what actual love between a child and a father meant…

very gooooood

31 Lyka November 22, 2011 at 2:21 am

haha. so nice!!! I love it. It gives so much moral value for us to help even if there’s a situation doesn’t let you to do it. Everything has its own way.

32 Gaurav_Luthra November 25, 2011 at 7:42 am

Wow! But i know only love can make these things happen. I love the story.

33 Moin January 7, 2012 at 12:40 am

It’s a wrong way, first thing he did something wrong that he was prisoned, the next thing is that its not the right way taking work from others, if he could be the honest person, then could help his father honestly

34 Shereen February 2, 2012 at 6:54 am

amazing !!

35 VINAYAK March 20, 2012 at 1:11 am

I agree with Mr MOIN (Sr no 33) instead of FBI Jailer could send his son along with other prisoners to do the social work. In INDIA now JAILS are called SUDHARGHAR. Otherwise story is OK.

36 soma May 23, 2012 at 3:17 am

Nice …extremely sweet story…also cheers to the son for being so witty 🙂

37 Priyanka May 29, 2012 at 4:11 am


38 Rakshit June 9, 2012 at 12:36 am

<3 nice story…..

39 nihed June 14, 2012 at 10:59 am

So clever and sweet of him! I wish that every son or daughter whould do that for their parents

40 Mentor June 26, 2012 at 7:13 am

U must be always creative.

41 Cypress Velasco June 27, 2012 at 5:02 am

The son is very intelligent to come up with that idea. I could also feel the love of the son to his father.

42 sever July 16, 2012 at 1:08 am

I like it indeed
It motivates me more to be good to my father muah I miss my father…

43 Shruti July 25, 2012 at 7:22 am

Nice story

44 David September 4, 2012 at 3:53 am

I really love this story a lot… The moral is so true….! Feelings and their reciprocal actions are the qualities that distinguishes a person from the other….!

45 Venkat September 21, 2012 at 12:05 am

Very nice story , the theme is very very nice!!!

46 Abdullah October 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

It’s really a nice story, always try to do whatever you could.

47 Okpeh November 3, 2012 at 7:58 am

He really used his initiative.

48 Sparsh November 8, 2012 at 5:41 am

Thoughtful son for his father.

49 Jermaine Mintuck November 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm

LOLz! The kid got the FBI to dig up the garden. I don’t know how legal that was. Won’t he get into more of it when they tell him they didn’t find any?

The son has some ‘splainin to do.

50 Ranender November 30, 2012 at 2:09 am

I am smiling after reading this story..really good..thanks for sharing.

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