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 smiled and said, "I've got you, both beat. You know how Mom enjoys the Bible, and you know she can't see very well. I sent her a parrot that can recite the entire Bible. It took 20 monks in a Monastery 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute Rs.1,00,000 a year for 10 years, but it was worth it. Mom just has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot will recite it."
Soon thereafter, Mom sent out her letters of thanks:
"Dear" she wrote to the first son, "the house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but have to clean the whole house."
"Dear" she wrote to another, "I am too old to travel. I stay home all the time, so I never use the Mercedes and the driver is so rude!"
"Dearest" she wrote to her third son, "You were the only son to have the good sense to know what your mother likes, that tender chicken was delicious.....
Moral of the story: all the pains we take, may go in vain - if the communication is not complete and clearly understood!