Three sons left home, went out on their own, and prospered.
Getting back together, they discussed the gifts that they were able to give their elderly mother.
The first son said, "I built a big house for our mother."
The second son said, "I sent mom a Mercedes with a driver."
The third son 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 10 years to the monastery, 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 her letters of thanks.
She wrote the first son, "Milton, the house you built is so huge. I live
in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house."
She wrote the second son, "Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home all the time, so I never use the Mercedes."
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 was delicious."
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