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Four brothers left home for college, and they
became successful doctors and lawyers and prospered. Some years
later,they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the
they were able to give their elderly mother who lived far away in
The first 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 had my Mercedes dealer deliver an SL600 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 very well. I met
this preacher who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire
It took twenty preachers 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to
contribute $100,000 a year for twenty years to the church, but it
was worth it. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse and the
parrot will recite it."
The other brothers were impressed. After the holidays Mom sent out
her Thank You notes. She wrote:

"Milton, the house you built is so huge. I
live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks

"Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home,
I have my groceries delivered, so I never use the Mercedes. The
thought was good. Thanks."

"Michael, you gave me an expensive theater
with Dolby sound, it could hold 50 people, but all my friends are
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."


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