For years, like you I’ll bet, I’ve received e-mail messages with profound sayings, inspiring pictures, heartrending stories of crippled children rising up and walking because of these inspiring messages. At the end of these missives I was instructed to send whatever it was, back to the sender as proof that I was their friend just as they were mine, and that I CARE. I was admonished to forward the inspiring messages, inspiring pictures, inspiring stories, inspiring fish… to five friends within fifteen minutes of receiving it or I wouldn’t receive the Blessing, Money, Tickets to Obama’s Inauguration, Go to Heaven, or whatever, AND I could cause the stock market to crash and we would all go the Poor House. What a responsibility!
I would stop whatever I was doing…putting out a fire, bathing my granddaughter, cooking oatmeal, and without delay forward the message to everyone I knew until I had no friends left. The messages kept coming. I didn’t know what to do until I got an honest to god BRILLIANT idea! I forwarded the posts... inspiring pictures, inspiring stories, inspiring fishermen, inspiring gophers, to Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, American International Group, Morgan Stanley, and the Big Three auto companies. Undoubtedly, I thought, those fine folks would assign someone to forward the inspiring rats, inspiring potatoes…you get the drift by now… to their millions of customers and stave off the collapse of the planet. But, they didn’t send one note back to reassure me that they were my friends just as I was theirs. Therefore, I must be partially responsible for the crash of 08. But I did the best I could. Not to put you on the spot, but, what did you do to help?
Causes Pat Montandon Supports
PETA, Women for Women, Amnesty International, Children as the Peacemakers, Peace to The Planet