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!