Getting back together, they discussed the gifts that they were able to give their elderly mother for her 70th birthday.
The first said, “I built a huge house for Mom.”
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 cant 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 a pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for 10 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 have to heat, cool, and clean the entire house.”
The second she said, “Marvin, I am to old to travel.
I stay at home all the time, so I never use the Mercedes.
And the driver is so 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 was delicious.”
We all have different ways to express our love for others.
Sometimes it is received well and other times it is not.
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