To a boy in Brazil

Observe your father, Antoninho, note how kindly he treats people and animals. Notice his endless generosity, how he impulsively assists the poor and rich, never expecting gratitude.

Your father worked hard since childhood, gave away his earnings.

He owns neither the house he built nor the land he cultivates.

He gave it to your mother to keep for you, his son.

He has planted for others innumerable trees, simply because he loves trees.

And from the fruit trees around your home he gives to everyone who comes: peaches, plums, apples and oranges.

Antoninho, listen to your father's gentle voice and look into his eyes, for there is reflected the serenity that comes from inner happiness.

Follow in his footsteps and you, likewise, will attain such happiness.

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