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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.’


{ 60 comments… add one }
  • Anon April 6, 2015, 7:14 am

    My salute!!! Whoooooo what a creativity…. I m going crazzzy.. happy… thank you for mind blowing story.

  • Cukhoto March 24, 2015, 2:10 pm

    Wao….. love it!!!

  • Lone March 14, 2014, 3:25 am

    Wow what a caring son and a wise son I wish he was out of prison then he could change the world !!!

  • Manju Wilson December 10, 2013, 1:14 pm

    A wise and loving and caring son.

  • Geel Shamir May 12, 2013, 11:33 pm

    That was so awesome…because my only child is in prision and just his support from within gives me the motiviation to move mountains. Thank you. I want to send this to him to let him know he does make a difference.

  • Payitforward March 28, 2013, 12:10 pm

    Nice and simple. Hopes alive ….

  • Charm ♥ December 26, 2012, 11:22 pm

    Nice one. I never saw that coming. ☺ funny and good story.

  • Jeszen December 13, 2012, 9:35 pm

    After reading, my mind puzzled before I get the real story….nice idea. Just to help his father and he showed how much he loves him. God bless! 😉

  • Civoj December 13, 2012, 9:30 am

    A wise son.

  • Yra December 9, 2012, 8:34 pm

    I love the author.. smart!

  • Ranender November 30, 2012, 2:09 am

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

  • Jermaine Mintuck November 22, 2012, 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.

  • Sparsh November 8, 2012, 5:41 am

    Thoughtful son for his father.

  • Okpeh November 3, 2012, 7:58 am

    He really used his initiative.

  • Abdullah October 6, 2012, 3:25 pm

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

  • Venkat September 21, 2012, 12:05 am

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

  • David September 4, 2012, 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….!

  • Shruti July 25, 2012, 7:22 am

    Nice story

  • sever July 16, 2012, 1:08 am

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

  • Cypress Velasco June 27, 2012, 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.

  • Mentor June 26, 2012, 7:13 am

    U must be always creative.

  • nihed June 14, 2012, 10:59 am

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

  • Rakshit June 9, 2012, 12:36 am

    <3 nice story…..

  • Priyanka May 29, 2012, 4:11 am


  • soma May 23, 2012, 3:17 am

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

  • VINAYAK March 20, 2012, 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.

  • Shereen February 2, 2012, 6:54 am

    amazing !!

  • Moin January 7, 2012, 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

  • Gaurav_Luthra November 25, 2011, 7:42 am

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

  • Lyka November 22, 2011, 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.

  • pinky November 17, 2011, 11:21 am

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

    very gooooood

  • Prison wife November 16, 2011, 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

  • Nikhil raj October 6, 2011, 6:46 am

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

  • Sukky September 15, 2011, 8:17 am

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

  • Priyanka Kumari September 9, 2011, 5:00 am

    thanks for such a nice story……….

  • Van July 6, 2011, 4:03 am

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

  • phachas June 16, 2011, 7:46 pm

    HAHHAHAHH, nice, I love the son 😛

  • nihal May 17, 2011, 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

  • philu May 5, 2011, 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!!!!!

  • alitha April 29, 2011, 11:22 pm

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

  • chad April 4, 2011, 3:40 am

    nice one…….

  • Joker December 18, 2010, 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.

  • PrettySakura07 November 29, 2010, 11:14 pm

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

  • Joe November 24, 2010, 2:07 am

    Wow…the son is so clever…:)

  • Charulatha Senthilkumar November 23, 2010, 5:41 am

    I love this story…. wonderful and meaningful story

  • Nica September 24, 2010, 5:14 pm

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

  • Lubin July 12, 2010, 11:09 pm

    That was Funny!!

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  • Vizay April 12, 2010, 4:55 am

    It’s a wonderful story…….

  • Lei February 16, 2010, 7:15 am

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

  • Manu January 19, 2010, 9:02 am

    Really a nice story….

  • ThE Rh!No December 10, 2009, 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!!!

  • Rea December 2, 2009, 10:50 pm

    Nice shot!!!

  • UMENDRA November 5, 2009, 8:31 am

    Good moral with humour

  • BoBbY October 1, 2009, 10:20 am

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

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

    Thanks for lifting up my spirit.

  • Aqueel March 29, 2009, 10:04 pm

    W oh! indeed son for every sun (dad)

  • Nisa February 22, 2009, 5:34 pm

    So sweet of him….

  • Fatimah November 25, 2008, 7:03 am

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

  • Abhijit Medhi November 2, 2008, 9:59 pm

    What a lovely prank!

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