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Sunday, December 31, 2006
A golden oldie but still good...
(From Pamela, our correspondent in Bay Ridge.)
What to Give Mama...
Four brothers left home for college and became successful doctors and
lawyers and prospered. Some years later, they chatted after having dinner
together. They discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly
mother who lived far away in another city.
The first said, "I had a big house built for Mama."
The second said, "I had a hundred thousand dollar theater built in the
The third said, "I had my Mercedes dealer deliver her an SL600."
The fourth said, "Listen to this. You know how Mama loved reading the
Bible and you know she can't read it anymore because she can't see very well. I
met this priest who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire
It took twenty priests 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, Mama 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 anyway."
"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 can hold
50 people, but all my friends are dead. 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 sense to give a little
thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Thank you."