One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country so the boy could see how poor people live and he could appreciate his good fortune.
They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of a very humble farm house.
At the end of their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”
The son told him, “Very nice 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 fountain in our garden and they have a stream that has no end.
We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.
“We have a piece of land to live on, while they have fields that go beyond the horizon.
“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, “Thank you Dad for showing me how poor we really are.”