Message In A Bottle


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Imagine walking along the ocean and finding a bottle with a message - except the message is not someone looking for help, but someone looking for a friend. If that's not exciting enough - how about if that person actually ends up being a really good friend for the rest of your life?

While this sounds like a story from a book or movie, it is a true story of two eight-year olds from two different continents.

Sandra Morris (now Mrs. Morris-Czapla), pictured here, was just eight years old, when she threw a bottle with a message, while on a cruise ship from Europe to America. The message simply said - 'Whoever finds this bottle, write to me at ...........' (her address).

Three months later, Rosalind Hearse (now Mrs. Causey), was walking along the beach near South Wales with her father and saw something shining in the sand. She picked up the bottle and wrote her first letter to Sandra.

It was the beginning of a great friendship, which continues even today, 40 years later.

Sandra now lives with her family in Pennsylvania U.S.A, while Rosalind and her family live in Haverhill, Suffolk in the UK. Their first face-to-face meeting happened in 1978, eight years after Rosalind found the bottle.

Since then, they have met several times, but this week's meeting is their most special one.

Yesterday, to celebrate their friendship, they visited the spot on Morfa Beach, near Margam, South Wales - the spot the bottle had washed ashore exactly 40 years ago! Simply amazing!

The next time you are thinking of putting a message in a bottle or see one with a message in it, go for it for you may just have found your new best friend.


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  • cloudstar_360
    cloudstar_360Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 2:55 pm
    I found a key buried in the dirt once. The key could unlock my diary! 🔑?!?
    • ajg16
      ajg16Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 1:35 pm
      I've always wanted to find as message in a bottle
      • boscobear
        boscobearFriday, December 28, 2018 at 6:48 pm
        wow they were destined to e with each other
        • WolfDogMonday, January 8, 2018 at 12:38 pm
          WOW! I am shocked! :) wow. Just... wow. That also gives me a great idea for a story :P!
          • aj89Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 10:42 am
            me too!
            • bibliophile
              bibliophileMonday, September 22, 2014 at 6:25 pm
              That's soooo cool, I wished that happened to me...
              • otter
                otterMonday, December 2, 2013 at 2:52 pm
                I love messages in bottles! It would be so cool to do that and actually get a letter back! It is so cool that they are still friends!
                • headream100
                  headream100Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 6:12 am
                  I love messages in a bottle! I used to write messages with my quill pen in secret code on antique paper. Then I would put it in a glass bottle with some sand and shells from the sea. Final step:watch bottle until disappearance and wait for it to wash upon shore and hope somebody would find it. The messages never turned up to the mystery person waiting for my letter at the far end of the horizon. They may still be floating somewhere on the surface of the endless ocean, waiting for them to be found and read. I still wonder where they all are.
                  • AnnoyamusWednesday, November 6, 2013 at 5:32 pm
                    Thats really just luck I doubt that would happen
                    • kell-bell
                      kell-bellWednesday, November 6, 2013 at 5:02 pm