A young American got a clerical job at the White House and had just participated in a reception given to all White House staffers by the President. He thought his mother would be thrilled to get a call from the White House, so he placed a call through the White House switchboard.

"Mother," he said proudly," this is a big day for me. You know what? I am calling you from the White House."

The response he got from the other end was not quite as excited as he had expected it to be. Toward the end of the conversation his mother said, "Well, son, it's been a big day for me too."

"Really, what happened?"

"I finally managed to clean out the attic."

Anthony de Mello in The Heart of the Enlightened