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A bowl of noodles from a stranger

That night, Sue quarreled with her mother, then stormed out of the house. While enroute, she remembered that she did not have any money in her pocket, she did not even have enough coins to make a phone call home.

At the same time, she went through a noodle shop, picking up sweet fragrance, she suddenly felt very hungry. She wished for a bowl of noodles, but she had no money!

The seller saw her standing wheat faltered before the counter and asked:

– Hey little girl, you want to eat a bowl?

– But … but I do not carry money … she shyly replied.

– Okay, I’ll treat you – the seller said – come in, I will cook you a bowl.

A few minutes later the owner brought her a steaming bowl of noodles. Ate some pieces, Sue cried.

– What is it? – He asked.

– Nothing. I am just touched by your kindness! – Sue said as she wiped her tears.

– Even a stranger on the street gives me a bowl of noodles, and my mother, after a quarrel, chased me out of the house. She is cruel!!

The seller sighed:

– Girl, why did you think so? Think again. I only gave you a bowl of noodles and you felt that way. Your mother had raised you since you were little, why were you not grateful and disobeyed your mom?

Sue was really surprised after hearing that.

“Why did I not think of that? A bowl of noodles from a stranger made me feel indebted, and my mother has raised me since I was little and I have never felt so, even a little.”

On the way home, Sue thought in her head what she would say to her mother when she arrives home: “Mom, I’m sorry. I know it is my fault, please forgive me … ”

Once up the steps, Sue saw her mother worried and tired of looking for her everywhere. Upon seeing Sue, her mother gently said: “Sue, come inside honey. You are probably very hungry? I cooked rice and prepared the meal already, come eat while it is still hot …”

Can not control any longer, Sue cried in her mom’s hands.

In life, we sometimes easy to appreciate the small actions of some people around us, but for the relatives, especially parents, we see their sacrifices as a matter of natural …

Parental love and concern are the most precious gifts we have been given since birth.

Parents do not expect us to pay back for nurturing us …… but have we ever appreciated or treasure the unconditional sacrifice of our parents?

Translated from a Vietnamese story by Tina

{ 53 comments… add one }
  • Lilac February 13, 2024, 5:16 am

    I felt very regret to my mother after i read this story it feels i never imagined

  • Ak Afiq February 12, 2024, 8:34 pm

    very good story and we need to take care of our family

  • Haiqal February 12, 2024, 8:32 pm

    This story is amazing. I feel touched with this story.

  • Adeliya February 12, 2024, 8:32 pm

    it is a very sad story but it is also good

  • Ak Afiq February 12, 2024, 8:31 pm

    very nice story and we have to be nice to our mom and dad

  • Irsyad February 12, 2024, 8:29 pm

    The story is very touch full and it is a very good lesson for us kids

  • danish February 12, 2024, 8:29 pm

    very good story
    i love my mother very much

  • Banana August 21, 2023, 11:58 am

    Nice story and i love my mom

  • Anshika gupta October 17, 2021, 2:32 am

    I love this story it is so motivational🙂

  • shiera Mae Montalban April 14, 2021, 11:26 pm

    I love my parents. I am sorry for being not a good daughter although I am making my best for us 🙂

  • Sithara April 17, 2020, 11:32 am

    Love you mom…

  • paul December 6, 2019, 3:19 pm

    really this story make me think about my dad

  • Nash June 8, 2019, 4:34 pm

    Try telling your parents this story and let us know what they think.

  • KatherineAstacio December 10, 2018, 1:23 pm

    You made me smile?

  • KatherineAstacio December 10, 2018, 1:20 pm

    Yes its very nice! More stories! I make stories too!

  • Rahul May 30, 2017, 12:33 am

    Worst story ever…….

  • Diallo wabak February 8, 2017, 9:59 pm

    Nice true

  • Intan January 29, 2017, 4:00 am

    Nice thank you for your story

  • Shama January 8, 2017, 3:59 pm

    Awesome ,nice story.

  • Ilovemlp39 November 6, 2016, 11:25 pm

    Family is VERY important to life!!!! BTW(By the way), very good story.

  • Raddai Bromfield August 22, 2015, 3:22 pm

    This story is one of the nicest story I have heard in my life. This story is very inspirational to kids all over the world. Thank you for sharing.

  • Saibal Sinha June 10, 2015, 4:07 am

    Very heart touching, as such, felt need to share

  • Bishnu May 14, 2015, 2:32 pm

    Really, a heart touching story… While reading i saw myself in sue’s character… I missed my mother a lot… Love u maa…

  • rebha October 28, 2014, 10:24 am

    Perfect and sharing story

  • Chug arjun July 21, 2014, 1:48 pm

    Its a touching story

  • Raj May 21, 2014, 1:06 am


  • Aana April 9, 2014, 9:39 am

    It is an amazing story……

  • Ragni March 25, 2014, 10:31 am

    Wow! Awesome!! Nice story!!! I liked it. God can’t be there at every home so he created mother. Respect her, love her, obey her, don’t make her sad otherwise the day won’t be nice without here. A smile in the morning on her face changes my world. It looks like I am in a different planet. I have a request please give smile to your mom and you smile too then see how your day changes 🙂 🙂

  • Dinesh October 10, 2013, 6:09 am

    Very nice.

  • Gupta Kamal Alg September 19, 2013, 6:07 am

    After God only parents are most valuable person.

  • Camilia July 31, 2013, 12:19 pm

    Such an inspiring short story, I love it!

  • Anoop.K.Francis May 29, 2013, 8:46 am

    This story made me thinking about my parents and their invaluable sacrifices.. Thank you Mr.stephen. You did a good job.

  • Shenba Srinivasan January 8, 2013, 5:32 am

    God cannot be there at every home. Instead he sent his representative, MOTHER. Love her, for she is the one because of whom you’re in this earth.

  • Tarannum December 25, 2012, 4:22 am

    Yes… Your life is incomplete without parents…

    I miss you Mom….I hope you are fine with heavenly Father….

    • Ak Afiq February 12, 2024, 8:32 pm

      im so sorry for your mom and dad and i hope you are okay

  • Jasvinder December 22, 2012, 8:58 am

    We all believe that angels do exist but how far this is true we are not sure. Parents are the real living angels in our life.

  • Irfan December 21, 2012, 8:19 pm

    Makes sense good one …

  • Charm December 19, 2012, 11:41 pm

    I miss my Mom. I agree with Joan, mothers are the best thing anyone should have. I lost the best thing in my life when she passed away, but HER MEMORIES WILL REMAIN IN ME. . . I LOVE YOU MA.. ♥♥♥

  • Steve December 19, 2012, 12:00 pm

    We often think, or probably say, it is their responsibility, they have to do it, little do we know is a privilege.

  • Githui December 19, 2012, 2:59 am

    Thanks for such a wonderful story.

  • Esha December 17, 2012, 6:24 am

    Very nice

  • Nelson December 16, 2012, 6:35 am

    Thanks for sharing that story. It really touched my heart. God bless.

  • Joan December 14, 2012, 6:21 am

    Mothers are the best thing anyone should have. They understand our pain and know what we are going through. We should learn to respect and love our Mothers like the way they love us too. God bless all Mothers, Amen!

  • Rita Borg December 13, 2012, 7:27 pm

    The children should appreciate what their Mother do for them and their Father. Only God knows what most parents goes through hard work and sacrifice in silence for the sake of their children. Say I love you often and thank you. God always bless you back. Please listen to your parents.

  • Yumi December 11, 2012, 6:22 am

    I am forever grateful 2 my parents. Thank you for sharing this story ^^

  • Dipika December 11, 2012, 1:37 am

    Great. Good one.

  • Mosopefoluwa December 7, 2012, 4:15 pm

    Great one. Hmmm! Thanks so much to parents.

  • Rohan December 7, 2012, 12:24 pm

    I really felt it from my heart….

  • August December 7, 2012, 9:53 am

    It is impossible to be grateful and unhappy at the same time.

  • Bloom December 7, 2012, 9:40 am

    Wow I jus felt how indebted I am to my mom and I just needed that 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  • Aman December 7, 2012, 8:09 am

    Heart touching story..

    Approx 8 out of 10 can relate with Sue themselves…

  • Rajeshkumar December 7, 2012, 7:58 am

    So nice…

  • Aayesha.M December 7, 2012, 7:19 am

    Mother is next to God’s place so respect her. Just think for a while how much she had pain when she gave birth to you then you won’t get angry at her anymore.

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