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Three sons left home, went out on their own and prospered. Getting back together, they discussed the Christmas gifts they were able to give their elderly mother.

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, "You remember how mom enjoyed reading the Bible? And you know she can't see very well. Well, 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. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot recites it!"

Soon thereafter, mom sent out her letters of thanks:

"Milton," she wrote one son, "The house you built is nice... but 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 much anymore. I stay most of the time at home, so I rarely use the Mercedes. (And the driver is so rude!)"

"Dearest Fred," she wrote to her third son, "So thoughtful of you to send something I really enjoy. The chicken was delicious."