Three sons left home, started careers and prospered. Getting
back together, they discussed the gifts that they were able
to give their elderly mother for her seventieth birthday.
The first said, "I built a big house for Mom."
The second said, "I sent her a Mercedes with a driver."
The third smiled and said, "I've got you both beat. You know
how Mom enjoys the Bible and you know she can't see very well.
I sent her a brown parrot that can recite the entire Bible.
It took 20 monks in a monastery 12 years to teach him. I had
to pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for 10 years, but it
was worth it. Mom just has to name the chapter and verse and
the parrot will recite it."
Soon thereafter, Mom sent out letters of thanks:
She wrote to the first son, "Milton, the house you built is
not practical. I live in only one room, but I have to heat,
cool, and clean the whole house."
She wrote to the second son, "Marvin, I am too old to travel.
I stay home all the time, so I never use the Mercedes. And
the driver is so rude!"
She wrote the third son, "Dearest Melvin, you were the only
son to have the good sense to know what your mother likes.
The chicken was delicious."