I had the pleasure
of knowing my online friend
"Jane" for about a year
. We would talk
a lot about random things
, and all was good
I knew her father
were really religious
and stuff, and I was perfectly fine with that. They had a little Christian
company in Indiana
, and her father would go all around the world preaching
. Hey, that was cool with me.
So, one day, I was reading
column News of the Weird
in my local newspaper
, and I stumbled across an odd story
, not unlike the other odd stories in that week
's column. It was talking about people who claimed that God
had magically given them gold teeth
for being pious. At the end of the article it read "And ahead of the crowd
, Dennis (it gave his last name, a unique name that I knew to be the last name of my friend, since her parents
combined their two last names
when they were married
), from Indiana
, claims that God
has given him a platinum tooth
I was dumbfounded. Surely this could not be my friend's father. People in News of the Weird are supposed to be random people you can laugh at and not feel bad about doing it. But, in my heart
, I knew it had to be her father. The facts
were all there.
I had a moral dilemma
. What was I to do with this information
? Should I keep it to myself and keep my friend in the dark
about how insane
was? Looking back, I feel that that is what I probably should have done. But I felt strangely compelled
to tell her of my discovery
So, the next time I saw her online
I messaged her and asked,
"Your dad's name is Dennis right?"
She said that his name was, in fact, Dennis.
"I was reading the paper today, and I found this article that mentioned a Dennis so and so from Indiana
and I thought that was your father's name."
"Oh really?? What was the article
I typed out the article
for her. It was only a couple paragraph
"So, your dad has a platinum tooth
"Yeah, he does. He just got it a couple month
Ok, surely he got it from a dentist
, I thought to myself.
"Oh, so its platinum
? Was that expensive
"What? No, didn't you read the article? He got it from God
. He just woke up
and he had it."
Whoa, shit. She believes its from God too! What do I say to that!?
What could I say to that?
"Oh ok, thats cool then."
What else could I have said? I didn't want to really question
because she was obviously very set in them already. I went on to change the subject
, but later she told me that her father
wanted me to send the article
to him. I did. I don't know what he wanted to do with it. It was making fun
of him. Oh well. I don't talk to her much anymore.