It seems that once many years ago a certain rancher was tending to his stock when his horse made a misstep. As a result, the fellow found himself on the ground with his leg much the worse for wear. It wasn't long before he had considerable difficulty walking, and as a result sent for instructions to the town physician.
Word soon made it back from the doctor, indicating that hot water was to be applied.
The treatment commended with due diligence, but the swelling and pain remained unabated.
Amidst the fellows complaints and cries of suffering, his old mother took it upon herself to express a view:
"I don't know," said she, "I'm only an old woman who's ignorant about modern science, but I always thought it was better to use cold water for swelling."
This modification was immediately applied, with gratifying result.
Next Sunday afternoon the fellow happened to meet the doctor on the way to services.
"Say, what kind of a doctor are you anyway?" he began. "You told me to soak my leg in hot water and it got worse. My ma told me to use cold water and it got better."
"Really?" muttered the doctor, "That's very strange indeed. My ma said to use hot water ..."
----------------A Final Thought ...
"It takes one woman twenty years to make a man of her son ... and another woman twenty minutes to make a fool of him."
- Helen Rowland (1875-1950), US journalist