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Dawne Dunton

Myrtle Beach, United States

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My moment in time that will never be forgotten,

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…Leukemia. 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 a half 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. Seriously, who finds 3 bottles with messages in them at one time, it’s rare to find 1, and I found 3. I did bring one bottle home with me, if it’s a joke then the jokes on me. 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. When I was able to get the paper out all I could do was cry. The message said…I’m praying 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. She will always be in my heart. It was a great day. I love and miss my friend very much!!

On March 12, 2013, I wrote my story about Yvonne on paper and in a beautiful corked bottle that I had for years, I put the story in it. I hopefully sealed it tightly enough with the cork then I dipped the top in wax several times. The morning of the 12th was rainy and I didn’t make it to the pier, but as sunset was coming soon the skies cleared and I went to the end of Springmaid Pier and sent Yvonne’s story into the ocean. I made sure to add Yvonne’s message…I’m praying for you and love you. I also left my name and contact information. I hope someone finds it and it brings a smile to their face, as it did for me on Yvonne’s birthday.

Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina / USA

Nikon D3200

The bottle with the message.

My friend Yvonne and I at our 25 year class reunion in 2007.

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