For many years I’ve been beach combing at the Falls of the Ohio and I bet I’ve looked at thousands of bottles and never found one with a note in it…until now! I was going through a bag at home where I’ve stored bottles I’ve collected in the park when I noticed one that had something rolled up inside of it. I don’t know how long I’ve had this tiny bottle, but the enclosed note didn’t register at the time of discovery.
The bottle itself is somewhat unusual because it is so small. It’s the size I remember being served on airline flights when people purchased mixed drinks. The bottle is plastic and originally contained cherry flavored vodka which doesn’t sound too appetizing to me, but what the heck. I fished out the note which is made of waxy paper with silver foil on one side. The note itself is written with what looks to be orange color pencil and was a bit hard to read. I got a little lump in my throat when I read it and it says…”I miss you Mom & Dad, New Albany, IN”. New Albany is found down river from the Falls, across from Louisville, and couldn’t have floated here from there. So, I surmise the note was written in the park and then thrown into the Ohio River which then washed back on the beach. Today is my Mom’s birthday and now I’m going to call her to see if she had a good one? So long for now.