sons left home, went out on their own and prospered. Getting back together they
discussed gifts they were able to give their elderly mother. The first said,
"I built a big house for our mother."
second said, "I sent her a Mercedes with a driver."
third smiled and said, "Ha, I got you both beat. Remember how mother loved
to read the Bible? And you know that she can't see very well? Well, I sent her
an amazing parrot that recites the entire Bible. It took Church elders 14 years
to teach him. Mom just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will
thereafter, mom sent out her letters of thanks:
she wrote one son, "The house you built is so big. I live in only one room,
but I have to clean the whole house."
she wrote to another, "I am too old to travel and stay at home most of
the time, so I rarely use the Mercedes. And the driver is so rude!"
Gerald," she wrote to her third son, "You have the good sense to know
what your mother likes. The chicken was absolutely delicious..."