A HELPING HAND
His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish
One day, while trying to make a living for his family,
he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his
tools and ran to the bog.
There, mired to his waist in black
muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free
himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have
been a slow and terrifying death.
The next day, a fancy
carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An
elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself
as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.
"I want to
repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's
"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the
Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer.
moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family
"Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.
the farmer replied proudly.
"I'll make you a deal. Let me
provide him with the level of education my son will enjoy. If the
lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we
both will be proud of."
And that he did.
Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, he
graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and
went onto become known throughout the world as the noted Sir
Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.
afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was
stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life this time?
The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph
Churchill. His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill. Someone once said:
What goes around comes around.
Work like you don't need the
Love like you've never been hurt.
Sing like nobody's listening.
like it's Heaven on Earth.
It's National Friendship Week.
Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND. Pass this on, and
brighten someone's day. Nothing will happen if you do not decide to
pass it along. The only thing that will happen, if you DO pass it
on, is that someone might smile because of you.