Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Paid in Full with One Glass Of Milk

--by sabrina, posted Jul 19, 2008

One day, a poor boy  who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.  He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However,he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.

Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then asked, "How much do I owe you?" "You don't owe me anything," she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for kindness."  He said, "Then I thank you from the bottom of my heart."

As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in humanity grew stronger as well.  He had been ready to give up and quit.

Many year's later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.  Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.  Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once.  He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case.  After a long struggle, the battle was won.

Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all.  Finally, she looked at it and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. 

She read these words, "Paid in full with one glass of milk."  (Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart rejoiced.  There's a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the waters comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time. If you never see the deed again at least you will have made the world a better place - And, after all, isn't that what life is all about?!

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Readers Comments

makethemsmile wrote: i can't stop the tears that flows from my eye.that was the best gift ever.thank you.i care.
sonal wrote: wow..humanity still exists!!!
shashi wrote: great one
SANYOGITA wrote: A very inspiring story.Good deeds return its fruits.Sow a Seed and Sow shall u Reep.It is true.Thanks 4 beautiful story.
sheetal wrote: Very inspiring story... Thanks for sharing!
Nandi wrote: Dear Sabrina,
I have read this story earlier and loved it. Thanks for sharing.
grammagussie wrote: It's been awhile sense I read this story. Thanks for sharing it. I needed a reminder.
perseverance wrote: I have tears in my eyes when I read this which I did again and again.Thanks Sabrina for this great one
Wardoyo wrote: Giving without expecting in return, yes, Everything we do it comes back to us sooner or later. i have heard this before but the reading is more touching!
DARKSTAR wrote: I LOVE THIS STORY! This is one of those stories that reminds you that just a little generosity goes MILES!

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