MOMI SMILES| Paid in full with one glass of milk

Aug 12, 2017 | Life, Likes, Love, Only Berlin

“Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness.

– Dalai Lama XIV


Paid in full with one glass of milk

Paid in full with one glass of milk

Paid in full with one glass of milk

Have you heard the true story of Dr. Howard Kelly?  He was born unprivileged.  He sells goods from one house to another to earn a living and bring himself to school.

One day, he felt real hungry and decided to ask for food at the next house he is set to visit.  He lost his guts to ask for a meal when he saw a beautiful young lady answered the door. Instead, he requested for a glass of water.  The young lady, on the other hand, offered him a glass of milk upon seeing how hungry the young man was.

After consuming the milk, the young man asked how much he owes the lady.  The little miss replied she was taught not to take any payment for kindness.  The young Howard thanked the girl and left.

Years passed and the young lady had an illness.  Dr. Kelly recognized the name and face of the patient and did his best to save the life of the woman who once made a difference in his life.  And when it was time to pay for the bill, as the woman opened the envelope, written were the words “Paid in full with one glass of milk”.

Paid in full with a glass of malt drink

Paid in full with one glass of milk

Paid in full with one glass of milk

I gave birth three weeks ago via Cesarean Section.  Most people around me would say I need at least three months to fully recover.  My ever kind mother demanded that I stay at her place so she could look after me as I recuperate. She also took care of my three schoolboys.  Every day, she would wake up at 3:00 in the morning to prepare the boys’ school baon and breakfast.  She will also cook our lunch and dinner.  She would do a little cleaning and would never fail to bring me food (breakfast, lunch, and snacks) upstairs.  She demanded that I never use the stairs. She would also bring a hot cup of malt drink every morning.  A friend mentioned to her that malt drink helps increase a nursing mom’s breast milk supply.

Paid in full with a glass of cold water

Paid in full with one glass of milk

Paid in full with one glass of milk

After three weeks, I felt that I could manage.  I requested my mother to allow me and my boys to go home. Despite her hesitation, I insisted.

We are back at the small house.   And before my mother goes home from work, she visits me and my boys at the small house.  And I would always bring her a glass of cold water.

It is the most I could give her for all the generosity and kindness she showered us.  We would likewise invite her to join us for dinner.



  1. Milton Coyne

    aww. mother’s love is truly unconditional… we are all so lucky to have moms who will not hesitate to help and comfort us during our trials and challenges. I’m pretty sure you will do the same thing for your kids when they grow up! Cheers!

    • momiberlin

      Indeed mother’s love is the best. I just wish my boys would find my love for them inspiring as well. But more than anything, my mom truly is a generous person. She is even addressed as momi by her workmates.

  2. Michi

    You are blessed to have a supportive mom. I wish my mom is not miles away. When I gave birth, it was only me and my husband but we survived naman kahit kaming dalawa lang sa hospital and sa bahay. Good thing, hindi ako CS kaya nakagawa agad ako ng chores.

    • momiberlin

      super blessed to have my mom by my side. though sometimes she would treat me like a child pa rin as in cook for me and even wash my clothes and underwear. and when she would do her grocery, she always buys my favorite chips. Ihihi. the bonding you had with your mother when you had your vacation at Norway is commendable as well 🙂

  3. Nerisa

    You are such a blessed daughter. No matter how old we get, our moms will always see us as little kids pa din. they still take care of us and our love ones too.

    • momiberlin

      you’re right. we will always be their little ones. I guess we moms will also be like that to our kids when they get older and even build their own families.

  4. May Palacpac

    Awww…how caring of your mother! My parents are much older now and are no longer fit to take care of me. But I would always remember my mom taking care of me when I was young, especially when I was sick.

    We can never really repay them, can we? Only that we honor them and love them in their old age.

    • momiberlin

      yes, honor and love them in their old age. such a nice reminder. thank you.

  5. Angel Caronongan-Enero

    Awww… I am touched, reminds me of my mother. Lucky you, you still have a mother to take care of you. I have watched a short video clip on FB and the concept was similar to this.



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