Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Email.

Emails are marvellous things. You can get an almost instant response to any question you send to another person. Using messenger can be even more instant. I can remember the days when communication with another, not even abroad could take over a week. You sent off your letter and you waited and waited for the response. 

I remember when I was around about six years old. At this age I had one of my very first real adventures. I was going all the way from where I lived to visit and stay for the holidays with my grandmother. The journey was by train and bus and I was going alone.  My mother put me on the train and I made the journey that seemed to last for ages, it was probably about an hour. On arrival I had to walk to the bus station and get on the correct bus to go to my grans. What an adventure. 

The strange thing about all of this was that my mother gave me a postcard, already written with the words, "Arrived safely," on it and a stamp. On arrival at my gransI was to post this in the post box. It would take at least three days to arrive durning which time had things gone wrong I would be well and truly in deep trouble. 

That said the instant of email and messaging is how easy it is to get things wrong. To send something off with often not a great deal of thought. 

There is a story.

A couple were going on holiday.  The wife had an unexpected meeting to take care of before she could leave. It was agreed he would head off to their destination as planned and she would join him in the evening of the next day.  
When he reached the hotel, he decided to send his wife a quick email.
Unfortunately, when typing her address, he mistyped a letter and his note was directed instead to an elderly preacher’s wife whose husband had passed away only the day before.
When the grieving widow checked her email, she took one look at the monitor, let out a piercing scream, and fell to the floor in a dead faint.
At the sound, her family rushed into the room and saw this note on the screen:
Dearest Wife,
Just got checked in. Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow.
P.S. Sure is hot down here.
Emails oh how careful we have to be. Have a great day.

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