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What would you do when you happened across a message in a bottle?

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

You are never sure what you might find if you keep a watchful eye- perhaps a message in a bottle? We never could have imagined what the message would say.

fairy house in the woods

Fairy House

My 5 year old grand daughter is currently obsessed with fairies and fairy houses. Who wouldn’t be? The magical feel and wonder of the fairies living among us is something to truly marvel at- especially in the eyes of a child. She is always planning, building, or looking with a fairy house in mind. That is when she isn’t playing tee ball , chasing her brothers, riding bikes , practicing violin or doing story walks…

dog on the beach

A walk on the beach

How could you pass this by?

When walking on the beach I discovered a wee little bottle with a stopper to keep it’s contents dry from the sea. It had washed up on the waters edge at low tide. It was , in fact, fairy sized and it seemed that the only reasonable thing to do was to pick it up and bring it back to the grand daughter.

My son , daughter in law, baby grand-daughter and their dog had been on the walk. When we returned to the house we showed it to her. Her eyes grew wide when we told her that we had just found this bottle that had more than likely been thrown out to sea by a fairy.

What is the message?

beach tresures

treasures abound

You could see that it had a rolled up piece of paper, a bit of green sea glass and some pine needles carefully placed inside. The cork was very tight and was unfortunately damaged when we took it out of the bottle to view the contents. There was no possible way to put it back together and send it back out to sea without it getting ruined . Such a shame that there is no photographic evidence taken of the bottle, but this image is similar to what treasures can be found when you look.

My son got the bottle open and unrolled the message. “Oh wow” was all he could say and handed it to me. As I read it, the words could not be made audible, at least from my mouth. I then handed it to my daughter. She started to read it and at this point, we all had tears in our eyes. The grand daughter was asking us what it said. Through tears, my daughter summarized the note for her.

Mother’s Day

The note was a message, (did I mention that this was Mothers Day?) that was a heart felt message to a mother that was no longer on this earth. Presumably the contents of sea glass and the pine needles were also of meaning to the departed. We weren’t sure what to do! The grand daughter clearly wanted the bottle to put in her own fairy house at home. Like I said, the cork couldn’t be re inserted anyway and it was so very tiny that we didn’t have a suitable replacement. There was no way to return it to the sea.

Mothers- they always have a place in your heart whether they are still with us or not. The sadness that was in the note- the longing for this person’s mother was palatable. We felt like intruders into this gesture of love and want.

Sending a message to the universe

I took it home and placed it in the fireplace. The message will go up in smoke- out into the universe for this departed mother to grab. I hope that she can feel the love that this message conveyed.

There may be a rug design in here somewhere- possibly with the great grays listed in the ETSY shop. If you see an image in your own eye- visit the shop and gather your supplies while it is fresh in your mind. Inspiration comes from many different avenues. Something you see, something you hear, something you read? That’s where mine come from most of the time.

I am still crafting a rug , in my mind, of this past year, 2020. The linen and wool are at my fingertips, as are the many words I have gathered.

You never know what you are going to find as you walk through this life. Keep your eyes open to all of the possibilities- you may just find something too precious to put into words.

view of the bay

ocean view

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