Thursday, July 06, 2006

Full Glass of Milk

It's a story that Eric has just sent me, it's so old but nonetheless powerful. There might not be such a coincidence in this world, but I always believe that altruism is the noblest human virtue, and that kindness without asking for reward will actually do you good.

Full Glass Of Milk

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay for
his hungry stomach, decided he would ask for a meal at the next house.

On the way through school, he found he had only one thin dime left and
he was very hungry.

However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.
Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water.

The woman thought he looked hungry, so brought him a large glass of milk.

He drank it 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 a kindness."

He said... "Then I thank you from my heart."

Year's later that 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 the 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.

The woman feared opening it, for she was sure it would take the rest of
her life to pay for it all.

Finally she looked, 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.

Small talk: I will be off for a trip to Brisbane from tonight until 15th of July.


day-dreamer said...

Nice story, thanks for sharing.

On the trip? Have fun!!