Four brothers left home for college and they became successful doctors and lawyers and they prospered. Some years later, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother on her birthday. The first said "I had a big house built for Mother." The second said "I had a state of the art film theatre built in the house." The third said "I had my Mercedes dealer put an SL600 in her garage." The fourth said, "You know how Mother loved reading the Bible and you know she can't read anymore because she can't see very well. I met this vicar who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire Bible. It took 20 monks 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute Â£100,000 a year for twelve years to the religious order but it was worth it. Mum just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will recite it." The other brothers were impressed. After her birthday Mum sent out her Thank You notes. She wrote: "Mark, the house you built is so huge. I live in only one room but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway." "Michael, you gave me an expensive theatre with Dolby sound, it could 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." "Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home; I have my groceries delivered, so I never use the Mercedes. The thought was there. Thank you." "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."