On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, my 11 year old son took our dog for a walk on the beach and found a message in the bottle, resting at the waters edge. It was a Gatorade bottle with the letter, 3 – $1 bills, a pack of Skittles and a pen. He picked it up because he saw the money and brought it home. When our family read the letter it brought us to tears. It speaks of how you should live your life, and suggested that the universe had chosen Thomas to receive the letter. The intriguing part is it was addressed to “the adventuresome beholder of this message” and written by someone who had less than two months to live. It is ironic that this message fits Thomas perfectly. I am certain this message was meant for our family. My father, Thomas’s grandfather, died 4 weeks before after a relatively short illness. It really speaks to how important it is to be a good person, live a good life, and cherish the good things in life. It is a message important for everyone.
We can’t figure out the last line: “monkey underpants.” We googled that and they do make Monkey Underpants. We wonder if it isn’t some message for the family. We wonder if this person shared this message with the family.
This experience also begs for the question to be answered, what message would you put in a bottle about life? How to live it? What kind of person to be? I think we all have important messages to share. This person obviously felt that it was important to share this message with the world, which is why we called the news and are sharing it with you now.