At the beginning of the 20th century, a Scottish farmer was returning home. As he passed a bog, he suddenly heard a cry for help. The farmer ran to the voice and saw a boy trying to climb out of the mire. The farmer quickly cut down a thick bough, cautiously approached, and held out a branch to the drowning boy. When the boy came out he could not stop crying for a long time, he was trembling all over.
“Let’s go to my house,” said the farmer. “You need to calm down and get warm.”
“No, no,” the boy shook his head, “my father is waiting for me. He must be very worried.”
Thanking his savior, the boy ran off. And in the morning, the farmer saw that a carriage pulled by thoroughbred horses drove up to his house. A well-dressed gentleman got out of the carriage and asked:
“Did you save my son’s life yesterday?”
“Yes, I did,” replied the farmer.
“How much do I owe you?”
“Don’t insult me, sir. You do not owe me anything. I did what a normal man should have done.”
“No, I can’t just leave it at that, because my son is very dear to me. Name any amount,” the visitor insisted.
“I don’t want to talk about this subject any more. Good-bye.”
The farmer turned to leave. And then his son jumped out on the porch.
“Is this your son?” the visitor asked.
“Yes,” the farmer answered proudly, stroking the boy’s head.
“Let’s do this. I’ll take your son with me to London and pay for his education. If he is as noble as his father, neither you nor I will regret this decision.”
Several years passed. The farmer’s son graduated from high school, then medical school, and soon his name became world-famous as the name of the man who discovered penicillin. His name was Alexander Fleming.
Just before the war, the son of the gentleman was admitted to a London hospital with a severe form of pneumonia. What do you think saved his life this time? Yes, penicillin, discovered by Alexander Fleming.
The name of the gentleman who educated Fleming was Randolph Churchill. And his son’s name was Winston Churchill, who later became prime minister of England.
Perhaps it was these events that Winston Churchill recalled saying, “What you have done will come back to you.”