How the Poor Live

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
August 4, 1992

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. Technically farmers don’t have “friends” to protect them… They have guns, lots of them – you would literally have to be an idiot to try to break into the home of a farming family – you’d be dead before your foot touched the inside of the house, but I suppose we need not split hairs, eh? Guns can be called “friends” for the purpose of the story.


  2. Always enjoy seeing the truth from a child’s mouth !!
    Blessings in Christ, bruce


  3. Reblogged this on somebodylovesmeblog and commented:
    What does it mean to be richly blessed? Don’t miss this post…it will fill your heart.


  4. "Working for Christ" said:

    So very true! 🙂


  5. From the mouth of babes…wow. Thanks for sharing this one. In His Service, Jeff


  6. I love it!!!! 😀 😀 😀 Perfect for Friday! Have a great weekend and take care! 😀


  7. Planting Potatoes said:

    very good story…thanks so much for sharing!


  8. Planting Potatoes said:

    Reblogged this on plantingpotatoes and commented:
    love this story…..we either see things through the eyes of the world…or the heart of God….


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