Message in a bottle found

Melissa and Ruben Morales talk about finding a bottle with an anonymous love letter inside.
  • History in a bottle

    The first recorded message in a bottle was released in 310 BC by the Ancient Greek philosopher Theophrastus as part of an experiment on ocean currents.

    A message found in a bottle was released April ...

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  • History in a bottle

    The first recorded message in a bottle was released in 310 BC by the Ancient Greek philosopher Theophrastus as part of an experiment on ocean currents.

    A message found in a bottle was released April 25, 1914 and found 92 years and 229 days later on Dec. 10, 2006, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

    A sailor, Chunosuke Matsuyama, was shipwrecked with his crew when he put a message in a bottle asking for help. The message washed ashore in 1935 in Japan, more than 150 years later.

Walking along the beach, with her husband and two small sons Friday evening, Melissa Morales turned and saw a bright, green glass bottle floating at the water's edge.

"Go get it," she told her husband, Ruben Morales. Maybe there's a message inside, she said, joking.

He scooped the bottle out of the water of Port Lavaca Bay, and saw a white piece of paper, tightly rolled into a scroll and neatly tied with a piece of string and stuffed inside.

They walked back to the car, and Melissa tugged the paper from the smooth insides of the bottle. She read the letter aloud while her husband drove. It was addressed to "the one I love" and signed "your unrequited lover."

On a single page, an unknown person poured out the love he or she felt for their best friend, stating to the beloved that "I could go on for pages and pages about what I think of you, but I don't think I could fit all that in one bottle."

That part brought tears to Melissa's eyes, she said.

"This is somebody's emotions. It really hit me. It's depressing, but beautiful," Melissa said.

The writer of the letter states he or she has loved this person for years, but doesn't dare to say it, for fear of ruining their friendship. Instead of declaring what the writer feels, he or she is writing it all out and throwing it into the ocean, praying that someday the person being written about will love him or her back.

"I am a dreamer and it is free to dream," the writer notes. "I am yours, just waiting for you to claim me as such."

Melissa read the letter aloud as the couple drove down U.S. Highway 87 to Victoria, and both she and her husband were moved to tears. The couple, who have been together for four years, felt thankful for each other, reading a letter so filled with heartache, Melissa said.

They have different theories about the letter. Ruben is convinced a woman wrote it, while Melissa is certain it was a man.

"I think it was someone older though. I don't think it was a teenager because the punctuation was perfect," she said, laughing.

The cap to the Perrier Sparkling water bottle with the labels stripped shows no corrosion, and the paper was dry, so they aren't sure how old it is.

"It's hard to tell. It could have been out there a couple of months or just a couple of weeks," Ruben said.

"I guess he had to express it somehow," she said, musing. "Apparently, they must be really good friends, and he doesn't want to ruin that," she said.

Ruben smiled.

"They always say you should fall in love with your best friend," he said, taking his wife's hand.

"Or your worst enemy," she said, grinning mischievously at him.

They spent Friday and Saturday debating what to do with the bottle. The couple even posted the contents of the letter on Facebook, looking for advice on what to do with it.

Some friends said they should keep it, and some said to throw it back.

Looking at the bottle, with the letter nestled inside, Melissa said they have decided to send the letter on its way. They may add their own letter, a dated note stating that the bottle was found. They won't sign it though.

"Then there's no mystery," Melissa said.

Hopefully, the letter will find it's way to the right person, Melissa said. The couple hope the writer doesn't give up.

"It's out there. You've just got to wait," Ruben said.

Melissa said, "I hope they do tell this person how they feel, and that they can be happy too."