Handwritten Note in a Bottle Survives Time and The Open Sea to land in Hawaii during Friendship Week

Handwritten Note in a Bottle Survives Time and The Open Sea to land in Hawaii during Friendship Week

Photo by Brad Ballesteros / Special to West Hawaii Today

You wouldn’t find a story like this about email or other electronic communication. But a handwritten note is full of soul and character and friendship and can withstand time.

This is Friendship Week, which is celebrated around the world on different days depending on the country. How better to make a new friend than to write a note?

That is what Tomas Craig of Oregon did last year during a family fishing trip in Oregon.  He wrote a note and stuck it in a bottle and threw it in the ocean.

He hadn’t thought much about the letter in the bottle until he received an email from 9-year old Trinity Ballesteros in Hawaii. "I couldn't believe someone had found it. I was shocked," he said. "When I threw it overboard, it hit the top of my grandpa's boat so I thought it broke and sank. The chances of someone finding it seemed like a once-in-a-million type thing."

Photo by Brad Ballesteros | Special to West Hawaii Today Trinity Ballesteros, 9, holds the bottle she found while camping on the beach. The bottle contained a note from a 10-year-old boy who tossed it into Winchester Bay on a fishing trip last summer.

Trinity was beachcombing along the shore in Kailua-Kona when she spotted the old fashioned-looking bottle. "My first thought was what if someone is really in trouble and they're sending out an SOS," she said. "Would I even be able to help? Were they lost at sea or stuck on a deserted island? Were they even in Hawaii?"

Surrounded by friends and family, Trinity opened the bottle and found the letter, which read, "Dear finder of my message, My name is Thomas and I live in Oregon. I'm ten years old and this week I'm salmon fishing deep in the ocean. I would like to hear from you."

Brad Ballesteros | Special to West Hawaii Today

Thomas asked for a response and included his mother's email address.

Since then, the two children have been exchanging emails and plan to become pen pals, West Hawaii Today reported Monday.

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