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What Goes Around, Comes Back

Sep 20, 2004
He almost didn't see the old lady, stranded on the side of the road,
but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he
pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still
sputtering when he approached her.

Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to
help for the last hour or so .. was he going to hurt her? He didn't
look safe; he looked poor and hungry.

He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold.
He knew how she felt. It was that chill which only fear can put in you.

He said, "I'm here to help you, ma'am. Why don't you wait in the car
where it's warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson."

Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad
enough Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack,
skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the
tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt.

As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and
began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was
only just passing through. She couldn't thank him enough for coming to
her aid.

Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she
owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already
imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not
stopped. Bryan never thought twice about being paid. This was not a job
to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were
plenty who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole
life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.

He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time
she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance
they needed, and Bryan added, "And think of me."

He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold
and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing
into the twilight.

A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to
grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of
her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old
gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came
over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. she had a sweet smile,
one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn't erase. The
lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she
never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady
wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a

Then she remembered Bryan.

After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill.
The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill,
but the old lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time
the waitress came back The waitress wondered where the lady could be.
Then she noticed something written on the napkin. There were tears in
her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: "You don't owe me anything.

I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I'm helping
you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let
this chain of love end with you."

Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to
serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when
she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the
money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how
much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it
was going to be hard..

She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to
her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, "Everything's
gonna be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson."

There is an old saying "What goes around comes around."

Gyani Jarnail Singh

Sawa lakh se EK larraoan
Jul 4, 2004
etinder said:
a good one, although instant reward :)
Sometimes the rewards are not so instant....BUT just as SATISFYING !!!

A long time ago as a small girl, Jasvir used to sell Punjabi Suits part time to pay for her education. One day as Jasvir had made not a single sale and was at the end of her tether....she came to the last house on the street....Jasvir looked as tired and worn out as she really was.

The young girl who opened the door...didnt want anything Jasvir was selling and told her so straight away....jasvir asked her for a glass of water to quench her thirst....she brought her a glass of MILK. When jasvir put her hand in her pocket to pay her for the milk.... she replied....Mother told us never to accept any payments for kindness. The glass of milk will be paid for in its own way...

Years later Jasvir Kaur Thind MD was now Head of the Cancer Unit of a major Hospital in a big town. One evening as she was preparing to call it a day and go home, she heard a group of nurses talking about some poor old lady from Jalandhar that was having a bad case of cancer but couldnt afford to pay . Hearing the name of the town Jasvir picked up her ears....it was the town of her youth...where she had spent days roaming the streets selling her wares...

Jasvir crept into the room where the old lady was lying motionless in bed.... The next day she met the Admin of the Hospital and told them " I will operate on the old lady and foot the bill. When the operation went well and the lady asked for the bill feeling scared as to how she would pay for such a huge expenditure....she was handed the Bill with the words written across it... PAID in FULL with a GLASS OF MILK...

jarnail Singh



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