My Three Sons
Three sons left home, went out on their own
and prospered. Getting back
together, they discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly
The first said, "I built a big house for our
The second said, "I sent her a Mercedes with a driver."
The third smiled and said, "I've got you both beat. Remember how mom
enjoyed reading the Bible? And you know she can't see very 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 a letter to each
son. "Milton," she wrote one son,
"the house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the
"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."