Monday, May 29, 2006

One Of Those Forwards...

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He
remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?"

"This is Heaven, sir," the man answered.

"Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man asked.

"Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up."

The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

"Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveler asked.

"I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets."

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and
continued the way he had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence.

As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

"Excuse me!" he called to the man. "Do you have any water?"

"Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in."

"How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to the dog.

"There should be a bowl by the pump."

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.

The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink> himself, then he gave some to the dog.

When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.

"What do you call this place?" the traveler asked.

"This is Heaven," he answered.

"Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man down the road said that was Heaven, too."

"Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell."

"Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?"

"No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who> would leave their best friends behind."

Soooo...

Sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding jokes to us without writing a word.

Maybe this will explain.

When you are very busy, but still want to keep in touch, guess what you do? You forward jokes.

When you have nothing to say, but still want to keep contact, You
forward jokes.

When you have something to say, but don't know what, and don't know how, you forward jokes.

Also to let you know that you are still remembered, you are still
important, you are still loved, you are still cared for, guess what you get?

A forwarded joke.

So, next time if you get a joke, don't think that you've been sent just another forwarded joke, but that you've been thought of today and your friend on the other end of your computer wanted to send you a smile.

You are welcome at my water bowl anytime!!

2 Comments:

Blogger EdoRiver said...

well, I think you can measure the effort of the friend's consideration. Let us compare the amount of calories burned bythe friend writing the joke on some interesting stationary, or making your own, and folding it, putting it in an envelope, getting a stamp, looking up your address, writing it out, writing out the return address. Taking it to the postoffice, returning home, TO clicking open a joke in the inbox. clicking return, clicking the address book, clicking the address, typing at most a line in the subject line, typing at most a line (or two!!) in the text, and clicking the send button. Yes you are right there is a thought involved in both. However there requires more action associated with the thought in one case, and after all, "we live in a material world";-)

The joke isn't our own, we are reduced to sending on other peoples' ideas, and representing them as our own to our ffriend, because???? we can't think of anything original ourselves??? we are already brainwashed to believe we can't match what is in the joke with something from our own little hearts? Are we already so poor we can only echo other people's ideas to our friends? And yet another consideration is about this "friend" that we hage spent so much energy thinking of, what are their standards? are they under/overwhelmed that I sent them a forwarded joke?

I took the few seconds to read your joke. But I have spent alot more time composing this reply. "Over-kill" you say? Maybe I care enough to consider what you have said, and I offer another point of view.

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