A Simple Story About Thoughtfulness

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
June 14, 2002

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

“How much is an ice cream sundae?” asked the boy.

“Fifty cents,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it. “How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired.

Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient. “Thirty-five cents,” she said brusquely.

The little boy again counted the coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table, and walked away.

The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed.

When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table, then swallowed hard at what she saw. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies… Her tip.


Author -  Rajesh Setty
  1. 😀 Ok…no need for Kleenex 🙂 . Very inspiring. My daughters are sure to give for offering at church — I don’t have to say a thing. When I witness it, I get chill bumps all over. Children 😀 . Kenny, have a great day and take care!


  2. mtetar said:

    Another way of showing how GOD rewards and that HE/God sees and hears all. Even though the boy did have enough to buy what he truly needed he wanted to give out of what he had. He showed it is not about us but for the Glory of GOD. Be A Blessing because you’re Blessed. Mtetar


  3. Children have a way of teaching us the most memorable lessons. But perhaps some of the credit goes to the adult who instilled such thoughtfulness in this little boy. I’d like to think it was his mother!


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