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Those internet promises

Posted Monday, March 26, 2012, at 5:00 PM

Somebody owes me.

There are promises that I haven't collected on the Internet.

If you have Internet service and you get emails, you know what I'm talking about.

Hardly a day goes by that I don't get a forwarded message that tells me I must do thus and so or else.

The email will say that I should forward this message to 10 people (or seven or five) if I want to receive good news in 10 minutes or nine hours or whatever. If I don't forward it to that number of people, then my wish will not come true.

That leaves me feeling pressured to find 10 people that I could forward the message to.

Just this morning I received an email from a friend in Gosnell. The message was a wish from Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat. It told me that I could have one wish. It said I should wish for something that I really really want.

It also said that I should send the same email to 10 people within the hour. "If you do," the message said," your wish will come true. If you don't, it will become the opposite." It also gave the testimony of people who had followed the instructions and received wonderful wishes. One woman had wished for a baby. Another had wished for a promotion and got the promotion 10 minutes after she forwarded the email to other friends. Another said she got a new job.

I thought it was worth a try. So I made a wish. (I wished for a mature knight in shining armor).

I received a beautiful prayer today too. It was quite inspirational. At the end of the prayer, it read, "Now send this to 12 people."

I would be hard pressed to find 12 people in my address book to forward the prayer to. But I am made to feel guilty if I don't.

I receive many prayers through e-mails. A recent one ended with the admonition that I must forward the message to seven people." If you don't, the prayer will stop.

There are many emails that deal with our soldiers and patriotic issues. We are persuaded to forward the messages to as many people as possible. Keep it going, the emails say.

There are numerous political emails on the Internet now. They make the receiver feel that it is his honorable duty to forward the messages to as many people as possible during this crucial presidential election.

Some of the emails are of cartoon nature, others border on the fanatical. I have read emails that contain information that I know is not true, or is distorted, or out of context. For sure, you cannot believe everything you read in emails. Some should be deleted, never forwarded.

But I am threatened that dire consequences will occur if the enlightened messages are not forwarded. I feel obligated to comply to the arm twisting.

I'm still waiting for those promises I haven't received. One message said I would receive good news at 9 p.m. that night if I forwarded a certain message to seven people. I did.

I'm still waiting.

I'm a patient woman.

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