Three sons left home, went out on their own, and prospered. Getting together for Christmas, they discussed the 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.”
The third smiled and said, “I’ve got you both beat. I give her a parrot. Mom loves reading the Bible but she can’t see very well. So I sent her a remarkable parrot that recites the entire Bible.
Do you remember how mom enjoyed reading the Bible? And you know she can’t see very well. So I sent her a remarkable parrot that recites the entire Bible. It took elders in the church 12 years to teach him. He’s one of a kind. Mom just has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot recites it.”
Soon thereafter, mom sent out her letters to thank her three son
“Dear Jimmy,” she wrote one son, “The house you built is too huge. I live in only one room, but I have to keep the whole house clean!”
“Dear Jamie,” she wrote to another, “I am too old to travel. I stay at home most of the time, so I rarely use the Mercedes.”
“Dearest Johnny,” she wrote to her third son, “You have the good sense to know what your Mother likes. The chicken was Dee-licious!