It all comes back…

Anywhere, any time, when I’m looking for something that I could work on, be it writing or a presentation, My mom says, “do that one…”

“That one?”

Well it’s up to you now to find out what ‘that one’ is ?

Clue: This is a short, true story that my mom always tells me.

So here we go…

A Glass of Milk

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 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.”

He had been ready to give up and quit. But as he left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also.

Many years 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, and 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, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill.

She read these words…

                                                                                     “Paid in full with one glass of milk”
                                                                                Dr. Howard Kelly

(author unknown)

That glass of milk created someone like Howard Kelly. How much more can your small contributions do? You will never know! It might come back to you sooner than you know.

Just one life, but only things best done are going to last. So…

Make a difference today! 🙂

Divya Thiagarajan


About Help A Child Of India

Help a Child of India is a Child care and development non-profit organisation ensuring Hope and Happiness to the poor and needy children in India since 1968. Help a Child of India has impacted the lives of scores of children in India. With its presence in 14 states across India, Help a child of India has engaged in the development of deprived children who would otherwise continue to be in the peripheries of the social fabric.
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2 Responses to It all comes back…

  1. Vasantha Kokilam says:

    🙂 Feeling Great Divya. Nice story.

  2. Mario Duval says:

    Nice story. The concept reminds me of micro loans. A person can extend a micro loan to provide sustainable income source to a poor family. But his micro loan principal remains unchanged and the micro finance institutions re funds the loan amounts in a short time span.

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