Wednesday, May 26, 2010


This is a very touching story reflective of the famous quote by an American writer, Oscar Hammerstein, that "A bell is not a bell till you ring it. A song is not a song till you sing it. Love in your heart is not put there to stay. Love isn't love till you give it away."

A crippled girl, living in the slums, underwent an operation that might enable her to walk again. When the operation was over, she needed a blood transfusion; her 14-year brother, a tough boy of the streets, volunteered. He was taken to the hospital, to the bedside of his crippled sister. He stared in tight-lipped silence while the vein in his arm was opened so that the blood might flow into the body of his unconscious sister. When it was over, the doctor put his hand on the boy's shoulder and told him that he was very brave. The boy did not comprehend; he had not understood the nature of a transfusion. After a moment, he looked up and said, "Doc, how long will it be before I croak?" As far as the boy was concerned, he had been dying; slowly and willingly, he had stoically watched the blood flow, drop by drop, expecting his sister's life to mean his own death."

This story about human love illustrates clearly and simply what Oscar Hammerstein said that it isn't love till you give it away.

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