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Friday 28 August 2009

Glass Of Milk

This post was inspired by a wonderful post by my friend Jackie, on her award winning post entitled A Gift . This deservedly won top POTD recently and in her post Jackie related a very moving story of a young man who required extra teaching and she insisted on providing it for no payment. It changed his life very much for the better.

A Glass Of Milk

One day, a poor boy in the USA 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 she 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 payment for a kindness."

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

As Howard Kelly left the house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit school since it was an expensive uphill struggle - but this one act of kindness rekindled his whole zest for life and faith in humanity.

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 desease.

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 went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognised 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. She feared to open it , for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all, because there is no NHS in the States. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill.

She read the words . . . . "Paid in full with one glass of milk" - Dr. Howard Kelly

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Oh yes! I've added this bit later - it IS a true story


  1. That was very touching.
    Who knows who will remember little acts of kindness.

  2. Very, very touching Eddie, thanks for sharing what I presume to be a true story.

  3. Eddie...You are a kind man...and this glass of milk post is a very touching one. Thank you for sharing it. I hope that your day has been a good one. I've been away most of the day (with Daddy)...and I've also been praying very hard for a mutual friend of ours. I send you smiles and will talk with you soon.

  4. I discovered your blog a while back through Jackie's blog...her post was special and so is your's.

  5. What a great story, Eddie. It makes us all feel better to know there are people in the world like these two.

  6. Hi Eddie!
    I read this story in Jackie's comments. It really proves the old saying " It's a small world". It was a truly inspiring story Eddie, thanks for telling it.
    Love Di

  7. is it true?! I hope it is!

  8. Oh Eddie what a beautiful story, we need more people like these two in the world and Eddie I feel like you are exactly like them, a big heart with a kindness for everyone. Have a wonderful day and I hope your wife is doing well, I always remember her in my prayers...may you always have friends to "share thier glass of milk with you....:-) Bernie

  9. this is such an inspiration!... kindness and good values is first learned from the home.

  10. I don't know, my friend. This story would have more powerful ten years ago. Milk is getting pretty expensive these days. :)

  11. Michael - The story is at least ten years old

  12. This touched me so much! I copied and sent it to all my friends!! Thank you SO much for sharing it with all of us!


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