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A glass of Milk, paid in Full

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.”

As Howard Kelly left that 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.

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.

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 began to read the following words:

“Paid in full with one glass of milk.

Signed, Dr. Howard Kelly.”

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  • Mallikarjuna November 24, 2023, 1:55 am

    Nice and good motivation story.

  • vishal May 17, 2023, 11:47 am

    interesting story with morals

  • Msmuv April 25, 2023, 1:18 pm

    This is a very intresting story

    • Msmuv May 13, 2023, 3:17 pm

      Wow this changed my life

  • Msmuv April 22, 2023, 11:23 pm

    This is a very life changing story

  • Evan P. Sarkar December 12, 2022, 5:16 pm

    I learned a lot from this story

  • Amen November 4, 2022, 10:09 am

    Very inspiring.

  • Roselyne Kombo November 2, 2022, 6:13 am

    Life changing story

  • Elungat Jimmy September 19, 2022, 5:02 pm

    Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

  • too July 20, 2022, 6:39 pm

    At this time of uncertainty and dire need for peace and love, this should be everyone’s story. This is my story.

  • Dorcas Dauda Bala July 4, 2022, 7:58 am

    Heart touching story

  • Jolibee A. Casinillo March 28, 2022, 10:26 pm

    I hope all people have the guts to help those who badly in need. It’s a big thing already and it means a lot to the needy. Helping hand can change the world.

  • Ruchi February 24, 2022, 9:37 pm

    Nice story it changed my thoughts and touch my heart

  • dr.Ashish chandra February 10, 2022, 8:33 am

    Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.

  • Sanjeev.K February 10, 2022, 8:32 am

    Nice story . My sister is studying 4rth grade and her teacher actually said this story and thats how I cam here.

  • Derrick January 27, 2022, 2:13 pm

    My kid narrated this wonderful story to her class and it touched a few as from the same moment onward the behaviour of the some children and the teacher as well changed. Kindness is the most beautiful touch!

  • Hasan bashir July 17, 2021, 6:33 pm

    Everything pays back.

  • Cindy Westerman January 21, 2021, 4:55 pm

    There’s not enough kind souls in the world today.

  • Sikhulile November 24, 2020, 4:22 pm

    I real like this massage

  • benjamin November 22, 2020, 3:55 am

    Touching and emotional <3 :/

  • Manasa Qoro October 4, 2020, 5:21 pm

    Very Emotional 💖

  • Trần Lê Thu An March 24, 2020, 10:25 pm


  • Louisa.Donahue January 19, 2020, 11:45 am

    Success is to simplify complex problems and then do it.

    • Esther February 11, 2022, 12:44 am

      Tears rolling

  • Mae Fairy Escuadro December 12, 2019, 2:10 pm

    There’s nothing wrong rather than in kindness.

  • Juvie Dianne Casinto November 27, 2019, 2:29 am

    What a beautiful short story, I appreciate this.

  • Kathleen beardmore August 18, 2019, 8:13 pm

    Just so so true cast your bread amazing

  • hannibal uy January 25, 2019, 7:26 am

    Papa I love you! you are Gods gift to me. How I miss you so much!

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