As I listened to a loud conversation taking place in country inn
Between four young men discussing a great big lottery win
One said he would go round the world on a wonderful cruise
Another mentioned pretty girls and drinking lots of booze.
The third said the wonders of the world he would go to see
The fourth one said I will help no one I will spend it all on me.
An elderly man sat nearby quietly drinking as one loudly said
"What would you do Granddad? Have hair put on your head?"
A hush fell over the customers as the sarcasm the old man defied
When the old chap looked straight at them and very quietly replied
"I have all my wealth and happiness when I wake up each day
As I hear the birds all singing and can see the children play
I have travelled on life's ocean and at times it's been quite rough
But I had a good woman by my side and to me that was enough.
The wonders of my world are my sons and my lovely daughter too
And finding each day can show me something fresh and new
No amount of money on this earth can buy me my good health
I have never craved for material things and never wanted wealth,
I went through a war where lads like you were daily slaughtered
A bloody war to bring peace but I'm afraid nothing has altered.
So you see I AM a millionaire I dont need money to spend
And when your broke just think of me as through life you wend.
Think of the old man that you derided about his thinning hair
And I just hope that you too have found someone to really care."
A silence had fallen over everyone as the old man had his say
When one of the lads said "Drink up old timer this time I will pay "
The quiet dignity of the old man had overcome their hurtful jeers
And a bottle of whiskey was handed to him as they all said 'Cheers'
"Thanks for opening our eyes to all we thought money could buy
If we were to spend the lot today we would all finish up saying WHY,
Asking Why! did we not give a portion to those desperately in need
For a children's hospital, and the aged, could we not do a good deed?
Old man you have taught us compassion, respect and much humility
And your strength of character seems to have been your inner key,
We will discuss this win of ours to see what would be the best way
To share our win with others and it will help to make their day.
We realise and thank you for the sense you have made us see
That no amount of money can buy happiness or the love of a family.
We drink to your health and we will remember when we all grow old
Of the tale of a millionaire whose faith in his family was his pot of gold."
Written by Maisie Walker in 2004.
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