Mother’s Day is almost here. So, if you haven’t already figured out the perfect gift for mom, you would do well to remember that the best gift is often the most practical one. Try to find something your mom will not only like, but will actually be able to use and enjoy. And remember: you’re buying it for HER, not YOU. So, get her what she wants—not what you think she should want.
Perhaps the following story will inspire you in your quest for the perfect Mother’s Day gift:
The Best Gift for Mother’s Day
Four brothers leave home, go to college, and become successful doctors and lawyers. A few years after graduating, they are all chatting together after dinner—discussing the gifts they had just bought their elderly mother for Mother’s Day.
“I had a big house built for Mom,” says the first son.
“That’s nothing, I had a $100,000 theater built in the house,” says the second son.
“Well, I had my Mercedes dealer deliver her an SL600,” says the third son.
After hearing his brothers’ boasts, the fourth son chimes in and says: “If you think that’s good, then listen to this. You know how mom loved reading the Bible, and you know how she can’t read it anymore because she can’t see very well? Well, I met this priest who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire Bible. It took twenty priests 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000 per year to the church for 20 years, but it was worth it. Mom just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will recite it.”
The other brothers were impressed.
Two weeks later, their mother sent out her thank-you notes.
“Dear Milton, the house you built is so huge. I’d live in only one room, but I’d have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway.”
“Dear Michael, you gave me an expensive theater 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’d never use it. Thank you for the gesture just the same.”
“Dear Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home and have my groceries delivered, so I’d never use the Mercedes. The thought was nice though. Thanks.”
“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!”