Dining with the Wealthy

“The rich give of their surplus but the poor give of what they have to live on.”
Of the many meals I had during a photography trip in Yunnan, China, the most memorable must be the one that my travel companion and I had at the home of our local guide.
His home was clearly not in an affluent part of town.
But yet, he and his wife readily offered up all they had in their kitchen larder for our dinner.
With his wife handing him the ingredients, our host hunched low over a campfire style burner (no, there was no cooking hob or oven in this place) and proceeded to stir-fry dish after dish in front of us.
Cooking fumes blew relentlessly towards them but this did not bother them at all.
The smell of food cooking must have roused the appetite of his son and I was lucky to capture the moment when the little boy merrily popped in at the door to check out what’s for dinner.
Stomachs filled, memories etched, and spirit encouraged. A treat from a host we hardly knew anything about. What more could we have asked for?
Surely, to be able to willingly share of the little that one had must be a sign of an internal wealth that belies outward appearances.
Maybe that is why his son had such rosy cheeks and an angelic smile!

4 thoughts on “Dining with the Wealthy

  1. A humbling post. Thanks for giving us this story and pictures. You definitely clicked the button at the right time when that little boy popped in.


  2. Your blog makes me sooooo miss China – Here its carpets/vacuum cleaners, central heating and supermarkets. In China everything is practical and people scrape an existence together but still keep smiling.
    Your photos especially capture the feeling and essence of what its like to be in China. Take me back


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