I found this story on my Facebook wall today. I read it and thought I could change it up a little to reflect the low-income owners of mobile homes. Though most of us that live in manufactured homes are well above the poverty level and even middle-class, there are those that aren’t. We are stereotyped and labeled as poor, uneducated and lazy, as a collective whole and it’s not fair but it’s reality. We are considered trailer trash and rednecks. What the jokers and judgers don’t know is how good we have it and how smart we really are! It’s all about the perspective from which you look. Never mistake simplicity for poverty.


One day, the father of a very wealthy family sent his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. He 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 really 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. Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends!


8 Responses

  1. maggii

    Unfortunately in this 'story' you've represented the same type of stereotyping, judging and labeling towards 'rich' people. Furthermore the type of 'behaviors' exemplified and vilified are not necessarily owned by one group or the other. There are plenty of "rich" folk who do all the things the 'poor' in your story do, and vice versa. You also haven't really done anything to dispel the myth that people in Mobile Homes are 'poor' ….you actually seem to be saying "yeah, we're 'poor' ,but we are soooo much better than you in your 'mansion" ,therefore perpetuating the myth that I thought you were trying to dispel. I know it can be frustrating to deal with people's judgements about a way of life, and people making assumptions about you based on how or where you live, I just don't think turning around and doing the same is the best way to handle it. IMO.

  2. CrystalMHL

    I certainly respect your opinion Maggi. It is simply a story though, and I fear you may be taking it too personal. Yes, I understand that most everyone reads to their children AND have dinners at the dining room table. However, please remember that this blog is FOR those of us in mobile homes. In this parable I was not trying to dispel the poor stereotype at all. I was making a simple attempt at being humorous of which I apparently failed miserably…lol. Yes, it is frustrating that we are stereotyped so severely and wrongly, but stereotypes are a fact of life, especially in this country. What's the first thing you think of when you see a single driver in a HUGE SUV? To me, I think that they care more about appearances than anything else (environment). I'm sure though upon further investigation I would find out that it's a father/mother of 6 beautiful children and they just used the SUV cause the smaller car was blocked in by the larger..I am not poor by any measures, monetary or otherwise, and I am well educated. I live quite comfortably and have every need and most wants taken care of. In order to take a stand on any topic, there's going to be some toes stepped on and people taking the words in the wrong context. I do enjoy \”debating\” with others and appreciate your opinions. I hope you come back and comment more often. Having 2 sides to a story sure beats only one…Have a great day!

  3. Elvirah

    Ofcourse the story is insightful and the ending is really funny with a lesson to learn. And the way you've interpreted it for the mobile home is interesting.

  4. CrystalMHL

    It's definitely becoming fashionable to live more simply. Maybe us poor people had the right idea the whole time. Less money usually means you have to be more creative and connected with your surroundings. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Love to have you come back!

  5. CrystalMHL

    Your very welcome! I loved it the minute I read it, too. I appreciate your comment and visit. Please come back!

  6. Linda

    What a wonderful lesson for the DAD! The kids always see through the muck. Thank you for sharing this. I enjoyed it.


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