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 12 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 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 the second son, “Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay at home all the time, so I never use the Mercedes. And the driver is 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 you sent me was delicious.”
Reprinted from Grace Drops, Volume 4 (2006).