Slice of Life Story Challenge Day 27 -- A Bottle Full of Secrets
The past few days, while I was looking at my son and daughter-in-law’s four walls after I got tired of looking at my own, I had time to admire my daughter-in-law Brittany’s decorating abilities. She has such beautiful taste, and I love how she puts things together to create lovely scenes. On one living room wall is this arrangement:
The picture in the middle of the shelf is Steven & Brittany’s wedding picture. They were married almost 7 months ago in St. Lucia. On each side of their picture is a tall bottle. The ribbon-adorned bottle on the left holds sand from the beach where they got married. The bottle on the right, the blue-green one, has a story to tell, one which isn’t even finished yet.
Here is the beginning of that story:
Steven and Brittany’s wedding reception took place in Ohio, a couple of months after they were married. At the reception, this blue-green bottle stood empty on a table, with little slips of white paper, pens, and some rubber bands next to it. Guests were invited to write notes to the happy couple, roll the notes up and band them, then drop them into the bottle. Steven and Brittany plan to open the bottle and read the notes on their first wedding anniversary. Such a sweet idea!
When I look at that bottle now, I’m so very curious about the notes. I’m sure the messages contain sage words of wisdom and numerous good wishes for the bride and groom, but I’m also pretty certain that there are some funny comments on them too. And I know that some of my grandchildren -- Steven's nieces and nephews -- enjoyed making drawings of hearts and flowers and things of that nature for their uncle and new aunt. Several of the kids created more than one note, because they really enjoyed dropping their miniature works of art into that bottle.
So what will Steven and Brittany find when they open that bottle sometime at the end of August? Will the messages make them laugh, make them feel loved, or maybe even make them shed a tear or two? I don't know. What are Steven and Brittany going to do with the messages once they've read them? Will they put them back in the bottle? Will they do something different with the messages and the bottle? I don't know. I may never know.
I hope that Steven and Brittany will share at least some of the contents of the messages with me. I'm too curious of a person to never know.
JudyK March 27, 2018