The Other I

December 5, 2015

Even at heaven’s gate

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 2:50 pm

The day finally arrived.  Forrest Gump dies and goes to Heaven.

When he arrives, however, the Pearly Gates are closed, and Forrest approaches St. Peter keeping the gates.  St. Peter says “Well, Forrest, it is certainly good to see you.  We’ve heard a lot about you.  But I must tell you that the place is filling up fast and we have been administering an entrance examination you have to pass before you can get in.”

Forrest says “It sure is good to be here, sir.  But nobody ever told me about any entrance exam.  I sure hope the test ain’t too hard.  Life was a big enough test as it was.”

‘Yes, I know, Forrest,” St. Peter replied, “but the test is only three questions:
What two days of the week begin, with the letter T?
How many seconds are there in a year?
What is God’s first name?”
Forrest leaves to think the questions over.  When he returns the next day, St. Peter waves him over:  “Now that you have had a chance to think the questions over, tell me your answers.”

 Forrest replied, “Well, the first one — which two days in the week begins with the letter ‘T’?    Shucks,  That would be Today and Tomorrow.”

St. Peter’s eyes opened wide.  “Forrest, that is not what I was thinking, but you do have a point, and I guess I did not specify, so I will give you credit for that answer. How about the next one? – ‘How many seconds in a year?’ ”

 “Now that one is harder,” Forrest replies, “but I thunk and thunk about that, and I guess the only answer can be twelve.”

Astounded, St Peter said, “Twelve? Twelve? Forrest, how in heaven’s name could you come up with twelve seconds in a year?”

Forrest replied, “Shucks, there’s got to be twelve: January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd… ”

“Hold it,” interrupts St. Peter.  “I can see your point, though that was not quite what I had in mind…  But I will have to give you credit for that one, too.  So let us go on with the last question.  Can you tell me God’s first name?”

 “Sure,’ Forrest replied, ‘it’s Andy.”

The Economist cover, Dec 5, 2015
I must point out, however, that it is not featuring St. Peter)
“Andy?!?”  exclaimed St. Peter.  “Forrest, how in the world did you come up with the name Andy as God’s first name?”

“Shucks, that was the easiest one of all,” Forrest replied. I learnt it from the song,

St. Peter opened the Pearly Gates and said “Run, Forrest, run.”


  1. Ha Ha:-)


    Comment by tskraghu — December 5, 2015 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

  2. O M G I read it out loud to Tom…this is delightful! Thank you so much!!Love,Beth

    Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2015 14:50:21 +0000 To:


    Comment by E Bastasch — December 8, 2015 @ 5:29 am | Reply

    • Oh Beth, and thank you! I’m so glad to know I hit the mark with a kindred spirit.

      On Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 5:29 AM, The Other I wrote:



      Comment by Terry Sissons — December 8, 2015 @ 5:22 pm | Reply

  3. sadly, unlike beth, i do not have a tom to read it to – but i did laugh out loud – curative either way! thanks unlike forrest, i would not have passed the test…..k


    Comment by kateritek — December 16, 2015 @ 12:54 am | Reply

    • Hearing that it made you laugh too doubles my own enjoyment. But what I want to know is not what Forrest thought God’s first name was, but what St. Peter thinks is the right answer. Any thoughts that might get us both inside those gates?

      On Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 12:54 AM, The Other I wrote:



      Comment by Terry Sissons — December 16, 2015 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

      • whatever the right answer, we better get there before trump builds a fence….


        Comment by kateritek — December 16, 2015 @ 7:07 pm

      • I’d make a bet Trump thinks God’s first name is Donald. (But who wants to get into a Trump heaven anyway? None of our Muslim friends would be there. And no sassy women.)

        On Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 7:07 PM, The Other I wrote:



        Comment by Terry Sissons — December 17, 2015 @ 8:01 am

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