A Child’s Perspective on Poverty

One father is more than a hundred school masters.”

– George Herbert


One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him 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.


Isn’t perspective a wonderful thing?

Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don’t have.


9 comments on “A Child’s Perspective on Poverty

  1. I really liked this! Perspective IS everything; thanks for sharing.


    Thank you. Very much.


  3. […] Child’s Perspective on Poverty Posted by Troy on March 2, 2012 in Acceptance, Choice, Education, Gratitude, Life, Living Life, Love, Personal […]

  4. A GREAT post. Thank you Troy for sharing 🙂

  5. So grateful to find this post re-blogged at http://steponacrack.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/a-childs-perspective-on-poverty-from-life-aisle/. so I could come here and leave you a comment too.

    As a person who lived and worked in/around big suburbs and cities in WA state all my life and moved to a small town in Montana two years ago, I must say so much of the child’s perspectives are RIGHT ON!

    Folks here do look out for each other, they’re not afraid to look you in the eye, and, when you cross paths with someone here they will say, “Hi!” Kinda blew my socks off for the first year, just trying to get used to kindness. (Isn’t that odd?!) The only way I can explain it is folks here extend their hearts well.

    On a side note, I’ve also heart poor people give more (percentage-wise) than rich folks because the poor see the need…(I’d also venture to say the poor ‘feel’ the needs of others too).

    Thanks for a GREAT post! Best to you. 🙂

    Blessings, Love & Peace,

  6. ^heard, I meant to say heard instead of heart. LOL, maybe ‘heart’ works too! 🙂

  7. great post – thanks so much

  8. Wow-this is just so beautiful! Thank you. You know I have to reblog this-everyone needs to see this. and visit your blog!

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