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What it means to be poor
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ShepFL    Posted 06-26-2002 at 08:58:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Found this in my email from a co-worker (moved to the city 2 yrs. ago!) Struck a nerve here so I thought I would share.

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 can be. 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 can be?" the father asked. "Oh Yeah!" said the son. "So 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."

With this the boy's father was speechless. Then his son added, "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."

mike    Posted 06-27-2002 at 12:43:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's ok,I'll still take the money any day.

DeadCarp - education?    Posted 06-26-2002 at 09:23:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
There's an old story about a fella who arrived in Seattle during the Depression, and he might have gotten a job as a bookkeeper in a house-of-ill-repute but happened to be illiterate. So he spent his last nickel on an apple, and before he could take a bite, somebody offered him a dime for it. He sold it, went back, bought 2 and ate 1. Pretty soon he had a basket of apples, after awhile a fruit stand, then a chain of fruit stands and a few years later some big retailer offered him a million for his choice locations. So he decided to cash out, the rep asked him to sign the papers and he again apologised that he couldn't read or write. The rep couldn't believe he was worth a million dollars and illiterate and said "Can you imagine where you'd be if you COULD read and write?" The fella replied "Sure i can! I'd be pushing a pencil in a girlie-house, that's where I'd be!" :)

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