Always one to leap upon a passing bandwagon, here is my contribution with a parrot theme.
I should point out that it is lifted from the magazine of the New Covenant Church in Manchester which Mrs P brought home with her after her choir was invited to sing there last weekend.
Three sons left home, went out on their own and prospered. Getting back together, they discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother.
The first said, “I built a big house for our mother.”
The second said, “I sent her a Mercedes with a driver.”
The third smile and said, “I’ve got you both beat. You remember how mum enjoyed reading the bible? And you know she can’t see very well.
“So I sent her a remarkable parrot that recites the entire Bible.
“It took elders in the church twelve years to teach him. He’s one of a kind. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot recites it.”
Soon after, mum sent out her letters of thanks:
“Milton,” she wrote to son one, “The house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house.”
“Gerald,” she wrote to her second son, “I am too old to travel. I stay most of the time at home, so I rarely use the Mercedes. And the driver is so rude!”
“Dearest Donald,” she wrote to the third, “You have the good sense to know what your mother likes. The chicken was delicious.”