The Final Message in a Bottle…7

Dear Reader:

We should know that the last (7th) message in a bottle is simply and beautifully about love. A question that has been debated for a long time about love is answered. A short but powerful last message. Enjoy!

The message in this bottle was a question: “Is it better to love or be loved?” Australian teacher Anne O’Sullivan was travelling on a cruise ship past the central Indonesian island of Komodo when she tossed the bottle overboard. “We’re sitting in our balcony pondering. Is it better to love or be loved?” the message read.“Your answer will be appreciated. Call us or write to us.” 

Anne soon forgot about the bottle. Fifteen months later, though, she received a phone call. It was from a woman in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa named Fiona Marlton. She’d discovered the bottle while strolling along the Mozambican shoreline. And she had an answer for Anne.  “It’s better to be loved,” Fiona said. “But to be loved you must love.” 


So until tomorrow….Life is all about love, God is love, and we are loved.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

* Tomorrow….stories from the mountains and anything else that popped up along the way!


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 The Final Message in a Bottle…7

  1. Gin-g Edwards says:

    Becky…getting caught up on the blog amidst the waiting for Florence to arrive…such good stories and a clever way to keep us entertained while you were in the mts. That was perfect timing tio. Hope you had a great trip….can’t wait to hear stories from your trip. Doodle did call me to let me know your appt was cancelled. I will check with you when you get home to see when it is rescheduled…hopefully I will be able to take you. See you doon.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I will certainly get with you as soon as they let me know the date for the reschedule…so appreciate your offer to go with me this Monday….but quite relieved that I won’t have to drink that stuff early Monday morning…a reprieve at least. Something good out of “Slow Flo”! 🙂


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