WHILST on a school trip to A Coruña, Noelia, a nine-year-old Spanish schoolchild, stumbled across a message in a bottle washed up on the beach.
A heart-breaking two page tale of a lost love, named Craig, penned by a melancholic ´Katie´ reminisces on the good times, how he filled her life with joy and despite the time apart, Katie still loves and misses him. Katie then explains how she is in the middle of the Atlantic on a boat bound for Spain, ´the other side of the world´.
It reads: ‘My dearest friend Craig. It has been more than a long time since I’ve seen you and it still isn’t easy. I miss you all the time.
‘Your death has taught me about life, and how we all ought to live. I appreciated my experiences so much more, because I know you never got to. There is so much beauty and wonder in the world, and you never got to see it.
‘Please accept my eyes and my experiences as your own. I’m currently in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on a sailing ship, headed towards Spain. You probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it but would have appreciated the idea.
‘I’ve seen so many amazing things already; I only wish you were here to share in my adventure.
‘I hope there is beauty and awe wherever you are, because you deserve to have beauty in your life after bringing so much to other people’s lives.’
“I’m going to put this message in a bottle. A bottle of beer that I drank for you.”
Noelia now cherishes her message in the bottle and keeps it pride of place in her bedroom.