Tuesday, February 8, 2011

‘What this world needs is a new kind of army - the army of the kind.’ ~Cleveland Amory

wordishwednesday   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.levi 2    

Instead of a meal, he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry and so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, "How much do I owe you?"levi 5

abc"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 strengthened also. He had been ready to give up and quit.levi_edited-1

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.levi 3

Dr. Howard Kelly* was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, he 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.black and white wednesdaylevi 4

After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested from the business office to pass the final billing 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 read these words:

"PAID IN FULL WITH ONE GLASS OF MILK..."
(Signed)
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*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.snow 1 

I think I have posted this story on the blog before. I love it though and when it was sent to me in my inbox from Simple Truths I couldn’t resist sharing it again.

57 comments:

Tracy P. said...

I love this story, Becky! I would gladly read it every month. Thanks for sharing it. If there were an army of the kind, you would be the general. :-)

Kaish with his tongue out is priceless. Nothing like the feel of cold snowflakes!

Marla said...

Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing, Becky. :)

Marla @ www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

photowannabe said...

Definitely something worth reading again and again. I think its a lesson for all of us to remember and take to heart. Thanks Becky for charging my battery today.
(:0)

lifebythecreek said...

Oh Tracy, you speak the truth! From this day forth, I think I shall dub her "General Becky", and you will know what I mean. General Becky, m'am... I am waiting for my marching orders. Where do you need me to go?

Michelle said...

Oh I love it, what a great story :) Love the last picture too!

Brian Miller said...

what a cool story! i love that last pic...

Love Letters To China said...

What a wonderful story to go along with some wonderful photos! Love the last one of Kaish with snow on his eyelashes catching snow in his mouth!

Sylvia K said...

A fantastic story we can all learn from and, of course, your photos are superb! Particularly, the last one! Perfect! Hope your week is going well and thanks for the wisdom and beauty you always share with us. Give Kaish a hug for me!

Sylvia
ABC Team

Shey said...

Love is the best feeling of all Becky, to be honest I would probably have been to afraid to open the door...just thinking that someone could come in and hurt us. =S

Mari said...

I've read it before and was thrilled to read it again. It has a great lesson in it!

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is a beautiful story.
I love knowing that there are wonderful people out there...then and now.
Lovely photos Becky!

Diana...aka...MeMe said...

Great story... great pictures!

Privet and Holly said...

One of my very
favorites, Becky!
How in the world
do you get all of
these great PEOPLE
shots??? Loved
each and every one
and most especially,
the loving eye behind
the lens. You are
such a sweetie!
xx Suzanne

Kelly said...

Oh geez Louise. I could barely see the photos through my weepy and watery eyes. What a great story!

Tumblewords: said...

A wonderful story and fantastic photos - as always!

Wanda said...

Oh Becky.....I'm so touched with this story...and I don't believe I saw it before on your blog.

I just love it...these are the kinds of stories we need to share with our children and grandchilden.

Thanks Becky...

Lori said...

I have read this story before but never grow tired from it's message...loved reading it along with your photo's...thank you for the reminder Becky. XX

Wanda said...

Ahh....a beautiful story that warms the heart. And your pictures are like a snuggly blanket. Love the last one of Kaish catching snowflakes. Awesome shot!!

Leslie: said...

What an amazing story of how love comes in a glass of milk. Hope you're having a wonderful week and I'm sure glad you posted this again for those of us who didn't see it before.

Leslie
ABCW Team

chubskulit said...

Lovely and interesting story!

Want to find out my D, come and see!

Jill - FNA Photography said...

you are such a great story teller - love that last shot of Kaishon!

xoxo jill

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

You have such an eye for pictures. I'm curious how you get the perfect shots. They are all so good. Also love the quotes and stories.

Kayce said...

LOVE this! Never pass up an opportunity to make someone's day because you never know if it will make their entire life. A perfect reminder Becky! Thank you!!

Sarah Halstead said...

How fun. Love the last photo!

Roger Owen Green said...

great, if unintended, use of the barter system, too.
nice story, and as always, great pics.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

May said...

This story strikes a chord in my heart. I have heard it before. There is no greater reward on earth than for an act of kindness..:)

Nicole said...

I've never heard that story, it's beautiful!

I also like your pictures, especially that last one.

Buckeroomama said...

What goes around does come around. :)

I have not come across this story before, but it's one that I'll remember. I love it and I will be sharing it with J tonight. :)

misc.alaina said...

What a wonderful story. Thank you sharing it again! Love your photos also!!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Such an amazing story...and I LOVE that last foto of Kaishon! So joyful and perfect in B&W.

Maddy said...

It's so funny how things work out, no?? Great story! And A great reminder to spread the kindness around because we never know when we'll need a little kindness in return :)

Formerly known as Frau said...

One of my favorites and so are you.....constant reminder to be my best and pay it forward. xo

jennykate77 said...

It is such a beautiful story and deserves to be shared over and over and over.

LOVE the pics you chose to share with it! Hope you're having a wonderful week!!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

this is an awesome story...thanks so much for sharing it with the rest of us!!

You always choose the perfect pictures to go along with the story you are telling!

Have a fantastic week Becky!!

xoxo,

Lisa

Mama Zen said...

What an amazing story! Thank you for sharing that.

Debbie said...

That is an incredible story! Thanks for posting it.

Jaymi said...

hahha LOVE the upside down black and white shot!

Brooke said...

why does it constantly amaze me how far a little kindness goes?

April said...

DEFINITELY worth sharing again...and again...and again! Hope you're having one AWESOME day!

RR Mama said...

Wonderful story. We all need to be a little more kind with one antoher.

AJ said...

Great story and beautiful photos...
that last one is my favorite!

Nezzy said...

I've seen this before but each and every time I read it, it touches my heart. It makes me want to look for ways to help others in my daily walk.

Your pictures are just precious! :o)

God bless ya and have a fantastic day sweetie.

Dhemz said...

awesome shots! Hope you can check out my Black & White Wednesday entry too. Thanks!

Run DMT said...

I'm sure I've read that before but it's lovely to read it again. Thank you for sharing such a sweet story.

Love the photos too! The one of Kaishon catching snow on his tongue is my favorite. So precious!

GabbyRM said...

What a great story!

Jim said...

This story could be read daily! Just to remind us to be kinder to each other.

Shey said...

Dear Becky, I will be praying for Kaish tonight, do not be discouraged my friend. =)

Joanna Jenkins said...

Wow! That is inspiring.
I'm passing it onto my grand daughter who's in college at Johns Hopkins :-)
Thanks, xo jj

gretchen said...

That is a great story. I have never read it before.

Thanks for sharing.

Just Bits and Pieces said...

I love this story...I've read it before and will read it over and over again!!!! LOVE that last shot too!!! Have a wonderful day!

myevil3yearold said...

See, i tell my children. Be kind. You never know what comes later in life.

The Blonde Duck said...

What a beautiful story.

Between You and Me said...

what a beautiful story.....and filled with such wonderful truth.

BE KIND.

we can't say it enough or do enough of it......it makes the world go around.

LOVE your heart behind this post.

Liz said...

That is a great story and reminder! As always, love the pictures!

Erika B said...

That is a truly beautiful story. Love your shots to go with it.

Erika B

Josh, Steph, The Boys and Maddie said...

Becky your getting so famous! I have seen your name everywhere lately! Can I get your autograph before you become to cool to comment on my blog :D XOXOXOXO

TechnoBabe said...

This is an inspiring story and cannot be passed along to others too many times.