Woman Rediscovers a Message in a Bottle She Sent Out to Sea

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Darlene Rippon desperately wanted to talk to her mother one last time. Her mom had passed three years prior when Rippon decided to sit down and pen a letter to her. After she got her thoughts and feelings out on paper, Rippon went to John U. Lloyd State Park, put the letter in a bottle, and tossed it into the water.

“I didn’t care who got it. It could end up wherever. I just wanted it to go into the universe,” quotes Rippon as saying after the symbolic event. But eight months later, the letter came back to her. Two students found the note and gave it to a park ranger, and from there, a reporter contacted Rippon. She felt like it was like a confirmation from her mother that she had received the letter.

The Sun-Sentinal published the story along with a photograph of part of the note. It heartbreakingly revealed how much Rippon missed her mother. She wrote a “P.S.” that read like everyday talk a daughter would have with her mother, “The rose bush that we planted together is in full bloom. Barbie has it in her yard, and has managed to cut and make other bushes.”