INSPIRATIONAL STORIES: “The glass of milk”


This is a beautiful story that was sent to me via email, and every now and then I enjoy reviewing it. I hope you enjoy  it as well.

(Author unknown)



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  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.

Years 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.

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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 read these words…..

“Paid in full with one glass of milk”

Dr. Howard Kelly


Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You, God, that Your love has spread abroad through human hearts and hands.”

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around”.

– Leo Buscaglia

In life, I sincerely believe that what goes around comes around. What you put out into the universe — whether good, bad, or neutral — will always return to you.


References:  Searching in the internet for the origins of this story I found the actual true story as follows, which was essentially true event:

The True version”:

  “Dr. Howard Kelly was a distinguished physician who, in 1895, founded the Johns Hopkins Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Johns Hopkins University.  According to Dr. Kelly’s biographer, Audrey Davis, the doctor was on a walking trip through Northern Pennsylvania one spring day when we stopped by a farm house for a drink of water.  A little girl answered his knock at the door and instead of water, brought him a glass of fresh milk.  He visited with her briefly and then went his way.  Sometime after that, the little girl came to him as a patient and needed surgery.  After the surgery, the bill was brought to her room and on it were the words, “Paid in full with one glass of milk.”

Truth or 2007. The Generous Gift of a Glass of Milk that Ended up Paying for Medical Care-Truth!. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 8 August 2016].

10 Comments Add yours

  1. LindaP says:

    I truly believe that even the smallest act of kindness returns to you tenfold!


  2. True story of kindness and compassion all the way and yes even I had received this story and it is amazing. Thanks for the wonderful share, Amira.


    1. Thank you dear Kamal! Yes, it was circulating a few years back, and I always enjoy a re-visit, they are aways full of inspiration 🙂

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      1. Yes yes and same here I too love reading these stories again and again and pl. do keep on posting such lovely stories, Amira. I love them. Welcome always dear friend. Love and hugs to you.


        1. Thank you so much dear Kamal! So glad to hear we share this passion for inspirational stories 🙂

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          1. Yes thank you so much and it is nice to be receiving such beautiful stories. Do keep on posting dear Amira.

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  3. Trina Graves says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful inspirational story Amira, It is also more inspiring to know that it is actually based upon a true story. ❤


    1. Thank you dear Trina! Yes, I really liked that as well 🙂 ❤

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