Four brothers left home for college. After a few years, they became very rich and successful as doctors and lawyers.
One evening, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed birthday gifts they were able to give their elderly 95 year old mother who had now moved to Florida .
The first said, "You know I had a big house, custom built for Mama."
The second brother said, "And I had a large theater built in that very same house."
The third said, "And I had my Mercedes dealer, deliver an SL600 convertible to her."
The fourth said, "You know how Mama loved reading the Bible and you know she can't read anymore because she can't see it very well. Well, I met this preacher who told me about a parrot who could recite the entire Bible. He said It took ten preachers almost 8 long years to teach this parrot how and it memorized it completely, Genesis to Revelations. I had to pledge to contribute $50,000 a year for five years to this church just to get it, but it was worth it. Mama only has to name the chapter and verse, and that smart parrot will just recite it back to her."
The other brothers were now very impressed.
After the birthday gifts had been received, Mama sent out her "Thank You" notes.
She wrote: Milton, the house you built is so huge that I only live in one room, but I have to now clean the whole house. Oh Well,It's the thought that counts, Thanks anyway."
She also wrote:"Marvin, I am too old now to travel...So I stay home, I have my groceries delivered, so I will never use that fancy Mercedes. The thought was good though. Thanks."
Now a note to: "Michael, you gave me an expensive theater room with Dolby sound and it can hold 50 people, but alas, all of my friends are now dead, I've lost my hearing, and I'm nearly blind. I'll probably never have use for it. But thank you for the nice gesture, just the same."
And finally to my baby: "Dearest Melvin, you were the only son to have the good sense to give a little more thought and practicality to my gift. That chicken was delicious... So Thank you all so very much."