Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Ice Cream Versus The Beggar


--by zidlore, posted Jul 11, 2007
I started walking from school to our house when I was in 4th grade.  By that time, my allowance was just 10 pesos (about 2 dimes) -- just enough for a tricycle fare (which is 5 pesos).

After I crossed the highway one very hot noon, I saw a very thin man, with a can beside him for alms. Just ten steps after him was the stand where ice cream was sold for 5 pesos. 

My heart was struck but my mind wanted ice cream.

I stopped to think for a while. "If I buy an ice cream and give the man my fare, he won't be able to by anything that could satisfy his hunger. But if I let down my cravings and give him my ten pesos, he can buy rice and put some soy sauce to taste."

I don't know why but I didn't want anyone to see me do my kind act, so I dropped the coin silently and ran to my house with a smile.

I will not forget that moment forever, that feeling that lifted my heart. ^___^
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Readers Comments

Nickgrand wrote: Thank you for shearing!! God bless!
happyhomemom wrote: What a great story. A small sacerfice can make a huge impact on someone elses life.
JuneBug wrote: That was a great story! You have a big heart!
RipplesGuy wrote: Truly great story, Zidlore, and thanks especially for the last sentence. I think we ALL need reminders that kindness toward others is more delicious than ice cream!!
DEARI wrote: THANKS ZIDLORE. YOU REMINDED ME THAT KINDNESS IS SWEETER THAN ICE CREAM. MAY GOD BLESS YOU RICHLY. KEEP SPREADING THE KINDNESS IN YOUR HEART TO ALL.
JoJoMcB wrote: I BET THAT MAN WILL NEVER FORGET YOU EITHER. WHAT A TRU ACT OF KINDNESS.
BLESSED BE. . .. . . . . . .
denimpoet1951 wrote: I can relate to that little boy. I have seen people on the corners wanting work or money for food. I have gladly given them half of my lunch and a bottle of water and they really appreciate it so much. Sometimes I make sandwiches just to give them away to people i pass by from time to time. Its a blessing to them and to me. Everyone should help others even if its just a sandwich and something to drink.
May everyone do a kind act for others once a week at least.
venugopal wrote: HAVING THIS KIND OF ATTITUDE AT SUCH AGE IS AMAZING.U R A RARE KIND OF PERSONALITY.IM SURE U R A BORN LEADER.KEEP UP D GD WORK.GOD BLESS U.
AURELIA wrote: Hey Zidlore, You did a great thing then. You gave a true gift because you really wanted that icecream but you knew that he needed the pesos more than you did. Good for you! ~Aurelia
janice wrote: Wow beautiful story,you must be very proud of yourself,and also amazed by little things that change many people lives,the best example you made it with that man at such a young age,I hope many others including myself follow you same steps to do good things for the ones we love,and also for the ones we are about to love also.

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