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My childhood friend since 1974 Yvonne Carroll’s birthday was February 9, 2013. It would have been her 49th birthday. In 32 days March 12, 2013, will be a year ago she passed away from cancer. I went to the Springmaid Pier to remember Yvonne on her birthday. I was hoping for a beautiful sunrise or even a dolphin or two since they had been spotted there several times in the past week. After about an hour of taking photos I found 3 bottles with messages in them, all within 10 feet of each other. I thought it was a joke or set up, so I really didn’t think much of it. Seriously, who finds 3 messages in a bottle, it’s rare to find 1, and I find 3. I did bring one bottle home with me…what the heck…if it’s a joke then ha ha whatever. It was actually a plastic bottle and the cork was hard to get out since it was saturated with water, so I cut the top of the bottle off with a knife. The paper was damp and tweezers were damaging the paper, so I used my blow dryer to dry the paper. When I was able to get the paper out all I could do was cry. The message said…I pray for you and love you. I felt like Yvonne was watching over me and was there with me on that day…on her birthday. She knew I was there to celebrate her. Sounds silly and I don’t care. I know it wasn’t her, but it was her way. She will always be in my heart. Best day I had in a long time. I love and miss my friend very much!!
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina / USA
The bottle with the message.
My friend Yvonne and I at our 25 year class reunion in 2007.