3 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."
The second said, "I sent her a Mercedes with a driver."
The 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 recite it."
Soon thereafter, mom sent out her letters of thanks:
"Jim," 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."
"David," 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!"
"Dearest Gerald," she wrote to her third son, "You have the good sense to know what your mother likes. The chicken was absolutley delicious..."