Hey my Lovelies,
Wherever you are right now,
However you're feeling right now,
I hope this message brings you a cloud of warm, soapy sweetness,
Like morning sunbeams in a secret garden,
Like smiling waves of a clear blue sea.
If you happen to find a bottle in the ocean, the above would be my letter to you. It's what I most want to tell you. Right this minute.
The idea sprouted from a special picture book which I first heard about from my friend, Marcia Strykowski.
There was once an Uncorker of Ocean Bottles.
He had a job of the utmost importance. It was his task to open any bottles found at sea and make sure they were delivered.
Sometimes, these letters were for someone who lived nearby. Sometimes they were for someone very, very far away.
Sometimes, these letters were sad. But most of the time, they made people smile in remembrance of buried moments.
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles loved his job.
Though he secretly wished, that for once, there would be a letter for him.
One day, he found a bottle with this strange letter inside:
I'm not sure you will get this in time, but I am having a party. Tomorrow, evening tide, at the seashore. Will you please come?
There was no address or name. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles did not know who to deliver this to.
What should he do?
This is such a sweet story with a beautiful setting (and a giggle in the ending). What a peculiar, fascinating job it is -- letter delivery in the most romantic and traditional sense!
I've never rolled a letter into a bottle and sent it off before. So I decided, at the beginning of this post, to virtually sail one out to you.
I hope you receive it well.
* P.S. Thank you, Marcia, for this great recommendation!
And thank you for the RT!
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