Five months after Charlie was killed, our friends took a short cruise to the Bahamas and threw a memorial bottle for Charlie into the ocean.
In the bottle was a letter from us to a stranger explaining all the things we loved about Charlie and how much he meant to us. We weren't sure who or if someone would find it or even where it would go so we put my email address on it hoping someone would read it and let us know how far it traveled. The purpose was to keep his name alive and to share our story with someone we never planned to meet.
A really nice couple found the bottle in NC! I love that they took the time to actually read about him and send us an email. Amazing!
From: "\"David M******s\"" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: May 21, 2015 at 6:32:52 PM EDT
To: Teresa Kondek email@example.com
Dear Teresa & Nicole,
Yesterday (Wed, May 20, 2015) we found your "memorial in a bottle" on Shackleford Banks, North Carolina (part of Cape Lookout National Seashore). Today we removed your letters from the bottle and went on-line to learn about the circumstances of Office Kondek's passing. What a terrible tragedy!
I am sure your husband will not be forgotten by anyone who knew him! As for your "memorial in a bottle", our plan is to display the bottle and your letters in our living room at home in Mississauga, Ontario (Canada) along with the information we found on-line concerning the tragic circumstances of his passing. In this way our children and grandchildren and other visitors will learn about Officer Kondek and his family.
It made a remarkable journey in a relatively short period of time! As I mentioned before, we found it on Shackleford Banks, a nine mile long, rather narrow, uninhabited island--uninhabited except for a herd of about 110 wild horses! We found the bottle in good condition at the high tide mark about two miles west of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. All of this just to say that your bottle found a very beautiful spot to come to rest (our favourite place on the Crystal Coast) and we feel very honoured to have been the ones to find it!
Please accept our heart-felt condolences for the loss of your loved one! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
David & Lorna M******s
(visitors from Canada)