Message in a Bottle – 4

Dear Reader:

How would it feel to actually discover one’s roots through a message in a bottle from a family member who came before you? Pretty cool, huh? Read this “message” story and see how it all came about. Enjoy!

Angela Erdmann never met her grandfather. He’d died in 1946, six years before she was born. She rarely thought of him… until the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg, Germany came calling. “It was very surprising,” Angela told The Guardian. “A man stood in front of my door and told me he had post from my grandfather.” Apparently Angela’s grandfather – Richard Platz – had thrown a bottle in the sea while on a hike in 1913. He was 20 years old at the time. Although much of the postcard in the bottle is indecipherable, Richard’s home address in Berlin was legible.

 The bottle, which had been at sea for 101 years, was found by a fisherman in the Baltic and taken to the International Maritime Museum. It was there that Angela was able to read her grandfather’s words.  “I knew very little about my grandfather, but I found out that he was a writer who was very open minded, believed in freedom and that everyone should respect each other,” she said. “It was wonderful because I could see where my roots came from.” 

So until tomorrow….time is but a blink of the eye in Your time God…thank you for helping us see the relevance of time and connections while here on earth.

“Today is my favorite day.”  Winnie the Pooh

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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2 Responses to Message in a Bottle – 4

  1. bcparkison says:

    Hang tight…might be a bumppy ride for a few days. Praying for safety


  2. what a beautiful and magical story.


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