His mother was now living in Miami Beach and the young man didn’t see her that often. His father was no longer around and he was worried that Mom was lonely. For her birthday, he purchased a rare parrot, trained to speak seven languages. He had a courier deliver the bird to his dear mother. A few days later, he called.

“Ma, what do you think of the bird?”

“The bird was good, but a little tough. I should have cooked it longer.”

“You ate the bird? Ma, the bird was very expensive. It spoke seven languages!”

“Oh, excuse me. But, if the bird was so smart, why didn’t it say something when I put it in the oven?”