A Bowl of Noodles From a Stranger

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
October 31, 1995

That night, Sue quarreled with her mother, then stormed out of the house. While enroute, she remembered that she did not have any money in her pocket, she did not even have enough coins to make a phone call home.

At the same time, she went through a noodle shop, picking up sweet fragrance, she suddenly felt very hungry. She wished for a bowl of noodles, but she had no money!

The seller saw her standing before the counter and asked:

Hey little girl, you want to eat a bowl?

But … but I do not carry money … she shyly replied.

Okay, I’ll treat you,  the seller said, come in, I will cook you a bowl.

A few minutes later the owner brought her a steaming bowl of noodles.  She ate some and Sue cried.

What is it?  He asked.

Nothing. I am just touched by your kindness!   Sue said as she wiped her tears.

Even a stranger on the street gives me a bowl of noodles, and my mother, after a quarrel, chased me out of the house. She is cruel!!

The seller sighed:

Girl, why did you think so? Think again. I only gave you a bowl of noodles and you felt that way. Your mother had raised you since you were little, why were you not grateful and disobeyed your mom?

Sue was really surprised after hearing that.

“Why did I not think of that? A bowl of noodles from a stranger made me feel indebted, and my mother has raised me since I was little and I have never felt so, even a little.”

On the way home, Sue thought in her head what she would say to her mother when she arrives home: “Mom, I’m sorry. I know it is my fault, please forgive me … ”

Once up the steps, Sue saw her mother worried and tired of looking for her everywhere. Upon seeing Sue, her mother gently said: “Sue, come inside honey. You are probably very hungry? I cooked rice and prepared the meal already, come eat while it is still hot …”

She could control it any longer, Sue cried in her mom’s hands.

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  1. We don’t appreciate what we have until it is sometimes too late. Great story. 😀


  2. Great post on gratitude! The Dilbert cartoon also touched on a conversation i had yesterday with an old Army buddy about Army logic. Let us just call this post a Two-Fer!


  3. Great story, and for many of us it’s so true. I wonder though, how the girl would deal with it if the mom had chased her out of the house again? Maybe later in life she’d be able to be grateful for her mom.


  4. This is one I’d like to share with some of the young people I see in my counseling office!


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