Presents To Mother
There was a woman who had three sons. When they had grown up the sons left home went out on their own and prospered1 years later. Getting back together they discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother.
The first said, “I will build a big house for our mother.”
The second said, “I will send her a Mercedes with a driver.”
The third said, “Remember how mom enjoyed reading the Bible And you know she can’t see very well. I sent her a remarkable2 parrot that recites the entire Bible. It took elders in the church 12 years to teach him. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse3 and the parrot recites it.”
Soon thereafter4 mom sent out her letters of thanks.
“Milton,” she wrote to one son, “the house you built is so huge. I live in only one room but I have to clean the whole house.”
“Gerald,” she wrote to another, “I am too old to travel. I stay most of the time at home so I rarely use the Mercedes. And the driver is so rude.”
“Dearest Donald,” she wrote to her third son, “you have the good sense to know what your mother likes. The chicken was delicious.”