A father told his three sons he would die soon and he needed to decide which one of them to give his property to.
“Go to the market and buy something that is large enough to fill my bedroom, but small enough to fit in your pocket.
From this, I will decide which of you is the wisest and worthy enough to inherit my land.”
They all went to the market, and each came back with a different item.
The father told his sons to come into his bedroom one at a time and try to fill up his bedroom with their items.
The first son came in and put some pieces of cloth he bought and laid them across the room, but it barely covered the floor.
The second son came in and laid some hay on the floor, but there was only enough to cover half the floor.
The third son came in and showed his father what he bought.
He wound up getting the property.