Not Part of the Chain Gang by
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Prompted By Chain Letters

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Chain letters were never my thing. I remember writing some as a kid, but never received anything in return. Once I was told I would receive a flood of postcards from all over the world. Of course, none came, so I stopped worrying about keeping these chains going.

Chain letters were never my thing.

It’s harder to break an email chain that promises good health, happiness, love, or terrible consequences for noncompliance, but break them I do. These pleas come from friends and relatives I love, but to participate I must inflict the burden of participation on others I care about. Much easier to delete them.

RetroFlash/100 words

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Boomer. Educator. Advocate. Eclectic topics: grandkids, special needs, values, aging, loss, & whatever. Author: Terribly Strange and Wonderfully Real.

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  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    I confess that I’ve never gotten a text chain, mercifully. I gave up on letter and postcard chains long ago. Facebook and email chains were annoying. I tried to comply for awhile, but like you, I just stopped. Not a member of the “chain gang”.

  2. John Shutkin says:

    We are all on the same bandwagon on chain letters, Laurie. And your text image is perfect.

    I do find it ironic that, in response to a prompt that promises thousands of letters, so many of us have used RetroFlashes — the most condensed form of our stories — to discuss them. I guess that’s the long and the short of it, no?

  3. Suzy says:

    Of course I agree. I guess this wasn’t a thought-provoking prompt, as we all wrote basically the same thing, in longer or shorter forms.

  4. Marian says:

    Wow, Laurie, I never even got emails like this one … not sorry, after all.

  5. Khati Hendry says:

    Perfectly said, Laurie. I had hoped to get a few postcards (from “all over the world”) too, but of course never did either.

  6. Understood Laurie, and should I get any , I promise not to forward to you!

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