Touched By An Angel…On Messenger

Hello Ms. Netiquette,

My boyfriend’s grandma sends me religious chain letters. Help! I’m not religious nor interested in pretending to be, what’s a solid way to respond that will keep grandma happy?

Save my soul,

Grandma Problems

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I don’t quite understand the use of that LOL, but it is indeed making me laugh out loud. I honestly had no idea before starting this column that chain letters, or chain statuses, as the case may be, were thriving so hard on Facebook in 2016. It’s really opened my eyes.

The way I see it, you have three options, two passive and one direct.

1. Ignore it. I don’t actually recommend this, but it is technically an option.

2. Block Grandma on Messenger only and remain friends on Facebook.

She’ll be able to see everything on your timeline like she did before, but when she tries to send you a message, she will see this:

While still an option, for myself and for my readers, I’m a big fan of speaking your truth while being tender with other people’s feelings, so I would probably go with the direct option.

3. Write a short and matter-of-fact response along the lines of:

Dear Grandma,

Chain letters aren’t my thing, but I really appreciate knowing that you care about me, and I hope you know I care about you too.

All my best,

(your name here)


Image description 1: John Travolta, playing Michael the angel, stands smiling in a field, wings outstretched, as he holds a small dog.

Image description 2: Facebook message from Grandma reads: This is for you (blushing smiley emoji) Read till the end! I sent an angel to watch over you last night, but it came back and asked, “why?” The angel said, “angels don’t watch over angels!” 20 angels are in your world. 10 are sleeping, 9 of them are playing, and 1 is reading this message. God has seen you struggling with some things and God says it’s over. A blessing is coming your way. If you believe in God, send this message to 14 friends including me. If I don’t get it back, I guess I’m not one of them. As soon as you get 5 replies, someone you love will quietly surprise you…not joking. Pass this message on. Please don’t ignore it. You are being tested and God is going to fix two big things tonight in your favor. If you believe in God drop everything and pass it on. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. DON’T BREAK THIS. SEND THIS TO 14 FRIENDS IN 10 MINUTES. IT’S NOT THAT HARD. WHOEVER SENT THIS TO YOU MUST CARE ABOUT YOU.

LOL just hold your finger on it and it should say forward (blushing smiley emoji) (red heart emoji)

Image description 3: On a Facebook Messenger screen, a dialog box in the center reads: Sending Failed — This person isn’t receiving messages from you at the moment.