A message in a bottle that a dead girl wrote 12 years ago came to shore in New York and has been found in the debris from Hurricane Sandy.
Sidonie Fery was 10-years-old when she wrote the message in a scrap of paper and threw the bottle into the ocean in Long Island. Twelve years later, her grieving mother received the note.
“I was just sobbing when I heard they had found it,” Mimi Fery said of the workers in the village of Patchogue, who not only found the message in the bottle, but called the woman and arranged for its return. “These are very, very kind people.”
Fery will return to the village about 60 miles east of Manhattan this weekend where she will again thank the workers for returning the message in a bottle and attend a ceremony where a small plaque will be dedicated as a remembrance to Sidonie, village officials said.
The 18-year-old died in a 2010 fall from a cliff in Switzerland.
Fery described her only child as a creative young woman, who was always writing poetry. She knew instantly when told what the message contained that it had been written by Sidonie because it was a quote from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, her daughter’s favorite film.
The mother thinks the message describes what Sidonie would want her to do.
“Be excellent to yourself, dude, it makes so much sense.”
Fery says her daughter was a free spirit and loved life. She traveled on her own to Iran to visit relatives since she was 7-years-old. Sidonie was born on September 11, 1991 and was harassed on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks for her Persian heritage.
“She had to deal with a lot of things,” Fery said. “But she stood her ground.”
The bottle only traveled a few miles from where the girl likely put it in the ocean and was found by park workers around Thanksgiving of 2012.
“We opened it and it had a phone number inside, so I called the number and left a message,” Brian Waldron who found the bottle amid the debris said. More than three hours later, an overjoyed Fery called back crying on the phone.
“I told her I felt like her daughter was looking down from heaven and wanted me to give her a call,” said Waldron, who added that he collected a second bottle filled with sand from where the ginger ale bottle with the message from the dead girl was found and gave it to Fery.
How do you feel about the workers who found the message in a bottle from the dead girl and returned it to her mother?
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