Email forwards

I'm not a great one for forwarding emails, and round-robins, and I ALWAYS break the chain in Chain-mail (so don't send to me if you want to receive your 64000 replies) but this morning, I got one that caught my attention, so I thought I would post it. I was going to post it in one or two of the groups, but couldn't decide, so if you want to do that, be my guest.
I daresay some of you might have seen it before


This explains why friends forward jokes. I've never thought of it this way before.

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 the 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,' said the man.

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. Now you see, sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding stuff to us without writing a word. Maybe this will explain it.

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

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 stuff.

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  1. pollie

    I always think of it as ….’at least that person thought of me for a few seconds that day’. So i don’t mind how many ‘forwards’ i get and i do get lots!!! and yes i have seen this before but thanks for posting!! 🙂

  2. foreveryoung2

    I have seen this before too twig – like pollie I think also – at least someone thought of me today and I don’t mind getting “forwards” – in fact I look forward to my emails – stops me from feeling alone 🙂

  3. anamcara

    This is the first thing I’ve written on here, totally new to it but really liked the sentiment to the story and hadn’t heard it before. Wish I’d had a few people ‘screened’ before I’d let them into my life but never too late to learn. All the very best to you Twigger. 🙂