Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Message in a Bottle...



In 9 days, I leave for annual summer vacation in Cape San Blas, Florida. It's a secluded beach on Florida's Gulf Coast. I cannot even begin to describe how much I am looking forward to this trip! There’s something so amazing about the ocean. From the pristine waters, to the sound of the waves, to the feeling of the sand under your feet, it’s simply one of the most amazing things on earth. The sunsets are absolutely amazing…the most beautiful that I’ve ever seen. In short, I love everything about it.

Something I'm contemplating doing during vacation is sending out a hand-written message in a bottle. There's something so poetic about the idea of a message in a bottle. It makes me think of the days when people would send letters across the endless seas. I love the thought of not knowing where it will end up, who will read it, or when it will be discovered. It could be discovered in a week, a year, a decade, or more. I feel that there's something inescapably romantic about "not knowing" the destination.

What are your thoughts on this idea?

22 comments:

  1. I love the idea of a message in a bottle; although, I'm concerned about the impact it may have on marine life. Many years ago, I left a poem that an ex-boyfriend had written for me on the beach. I had been hanging on to it for over a decade and it was the last thing of his that I had. One summer day, I packed up my car and headed to the beach with the intention of releasing that poem. My way of saying goodbye. I spent the day at the beach by myself. It was so beautiful! Just before I left, I decorated the poem with rocks that I had collected and tiny pieces of drift wood. I left the note there, so adorned, partially buried in the sand. It was the best thing I could have done.

    Hope you have a wonderful vacation! I'm envious. ☼

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  2. I love the idea! It's not quite as romantic, but the few times I've had to patch up drywall at home, I've considered sealing a message in the wall for someone to find decades later if the house is ever torn down. Hope you have a wonderful vacation!

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  3. I like the idea. I wonder, as the commenter above, about the impact on marine life? But the idea of possibly communicating with someone, somewhere, someday, is a great one to contemplate!

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  4. I haven't been to the beach since I was fourteen - soooooo long ago! Love the idea of a message in a bottle, maybe it will end up in Wyoming. :)

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  5. Ah, envious, hope you take plenty pics to share here later! Mmmm message in the bottle, I want to find one! x

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  6. Do it!!!! Are you going to leave your contact info for whoever finds it?! This is awesome. I'm excited to see if you do it or not! What would you say?

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  7. Maybe you will discover a message in a bottle while you are there. Your messages have magic in them, I feel it when I read your posts - send it out, who knows what could happen!

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  8. I'm with the marine life people. I mean, there is so much stuff in the ocean as is. Maybe write a poetical line in the sand (high enough that the water won't erase it naturally).

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  9. I would love to find a message in a bottle. It's such a mysteriously romantic idea. Can't wait to see some photos of your vacation!

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  10. Sounds like how I feel about this island in outer banks N.C. called Ocracoke. It's my "heaven" and a hidden gem in many ways. I used to want to do something similar, but with a note or picture in a box in the sand or buried under dirt. I've always loved the idea of the message in a bottle. The romance in it is quite breathtaking. I look forward to reading about it if you do :-)

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  11. Love it! Hope one reaches me. But I guess a seagull would have to fly it over to Ohio.

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  12. I think this is such a romantic idea. Your bottle will be found and the person will get in touch....believe it.

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  13. I've never done that. You definitely gave me motivation to do it. I've always thought it was a romantic idea but your post made me understand it more clearly! Definitely doing it this summer! Have fun in Florida! Soooo jealous! :)

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  14. Considering a 70-ton concrete pier just landed on the beach not far from where I live, with the rest of Japan's disaster debris on its way, one little bottle with a message inside seems minor by comparison.

    If you decide to do it, take photos!! Have a great holiday.

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  15. It's definitely a very romantic idea.

    Have fun in Florida!

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  16. Maybe instead of a message in a bottle, you could carve something on a palm tree trunk or on a beach rock. Better yet just call someone for a date!!! Improves your chances and you don't have to wait a few more years for someone to find your message! Have fun, Keith! :)

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  17. Whether it be romantic or not I think the uncertainty of not knowing where it will end up is the magic of it all. Whether it be a poem, a sentence, a word, a story, or a phrase, let it be you and let it in the ocean to find who it needs to find. I believe that things will happen as they must. I fully agree that you should go forward with your message in a bottle.

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  18. I love the ocean as well. Have fun on your trip!

    I think the message-in-a-bottle idea is extremely romantic and exciting, but personally I couldn't do it. Knowing that there are floating trash islands out there on the water...I just wouldn't want to knowingly, possibly add to that if I could help it.

    Someone commented above about putting a letter in patched-up drywall. I *love* that idea!! It would be so cool to move into an old house and find something like that.

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  19. Sure why not! Just go ahead with it. A man can dream, although the chance of it arriving, being found, read and then also responded upon is slim, a man must dream ;). Enjoy Florida, wish I could too!

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  20. That's something I've always wanted to do to... but if I were you, I would put an email or link to your blog so that whoever picks it up has a way to get back to you!

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  21. Did you send the message in the bottle? I'll look out for it washing up on the shores way over here on the other side of the world in a decade or so. The idea behind this is similar to your phone call post - the lost arts of communication.

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  22. I am happy to have discovered your blog. You certainly seem to grasp the profound wonder of the world, the marvelous poetry of existence - a beauty that is simultaneously blatant and obscure. The world could use a lot more unapologetic dreamers...

    P.S. Thank you for your kind comment! I am glad you liked the poem.

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