Springtime is in its youth. It is a time when waters run rapid and before summers heat renders the creek lazy. A perfect time for racing twigs and bark, for pitting pine cones against peanut shells. Standing on the narrow bridge, siblings toss vessels of found debris into the current, betting on which will emerge first. Once it is established that our own stick is superior to any other we sprinted across the country road to witness the emerging winner. Of course a stick is a stick is a stick and sometimes there is confusion about whose switch was whose.
On a day when brothers and sisters have no interest in imaginary boating competitions I think up something new. A romantic idea often seen in cartoons and movies sometimes songs. I will put a message in a pop bottle. With paper torn from my notebook I write: My name and address along with instructions to whom in may concern please reply and we will be pen pals. I seal the bottle, ride my bike to the bridge, and dispatch into the current. Spring waters swiftly engulf the bottle and I hope it will gain some distance before being washed ashore.
Well, that is the end of the story. No one ever wrote to say they received my message in a coke bottle. Probably, all I really did was pollute the river with glass. That is how I think about it now but when I was twelve I imagined the bottle launching into an adventurous journey and ending at an exotic locale. I imagined the finder of my note to be so intriguing and likewise intrigued by me that we would become pen pals for life. I will also mention that it was many years before I gave up the hope of receiving a reply. My folks still live at that address so if you find it please write to me. I’ll get the message.things contained in bottles:
- poison / antidote / cure
- medicine / elixir
- boats / ships
- potions ( most common “love # 9)
- emotions / feelings
- bottle bomb or as it’s more commonly known “Molotov cocktail”
- beverages – ie; milk, juice, water, soda pop
- spirits / wine
- specimens – live or dead
- flatulent gases – aka farts
- breast or mommy milk
- bouquet – flower display
- smoke, BT bottle toke – I’ve added this one for the pot heads
– honourable mention- Jim Croce wanted to put time in a bottle but was unable.
*if you can think of any more please share with me in the comments box