Four brothers left home for University, and they became successful doctors and lawyers.
One evening, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the Christmas gifts they were able to give
their elderly mother who moved to the Gold Coast.
The first said, "You know I had a big house built for Mum, don’t you…."
The second said, “And I had a large theatre built in the house."
The third said, "And I had my Mercedes dealer deliver an SL600 to her."
The fourth said, "You know how Mum 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 Bible. It
took ten preachers almost 8 years to teach him. I had to pledge to
contribute $50,000 a year for five years to the church, but it was worth
it. Mum only has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will
recite it in king James Version or Revised Standard Version."
The other brothers were impressed. After the holidays Mum sent out her
Thank You notes. She wrote: "Steven, the house you built is so huge that
I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks
"Matt, 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."
"Anthony, you gave me an expensive theatre with Dolby sound and it can
hold 50 people, but all of 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
"Dearest David, you were the only son to have the good sense to give a
little thought to your gift. The chook was delicious. Thank you so
Life is not about how hard you can hit, but how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.