Four prosperous brothers were discussing what they had given their mother for Christmas.
The oldest said, “I had a big house built for Mama.”
The second said, “I had a hundred thousand dollar theater built in the house.”
The third said, “I bought her a Mercedes SL600.”
The fourth said, “You know how Mamma loved reading the Bible and you know she can’t see to read anymore. I found a preacher with a parrot that can recite the entire Bible. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for twenty years to the church, to get the parrot, but it was worth it.” The other brothers were impressed.
When Mom sent out her Thank You notes.
“Milton, the house you built is huge, but I live in one room, and have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway.”
“Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home; so I never use the Mercedes. The thought was good. Thanks.”
“Michael, you gave me an expensive theater but I’ve lost my hearing and I’m nearly blind. I’ll never use it. Thank you for the gesture just the same.”
“Dearest Melvin, you were the only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Thank you.”