“When Friends Remember,” shared by Dr. Jane Campbell

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.”So-o-o-o. 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 email’s!

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!

A ‘forward’ lets you know that . . . 
. . . You are still remembered,
. . . You are still important,
. . . You are still loved,
. . . You are still cared for.

So, next time if you get a ‘forward’, 
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 !!
So here’s to keeping in touch . . . 
Even if it means only forwarding on an email !