When Steve Mershon, 54, found a soda bottle with a letter inside on the beach near his Indialantic, Florida, home, he expected an everyday note from a friendly stranger.
Mershon figured that when he read the note, it would have someones contact information such as a phone number or email address. Just a simple note looking to see just how far their message in a bottle traveled via the sea, but that was far from the case.
What he found was far more personal and, for Mershon, emotional: a letter apparently from a fifth-grade boy named Jonothan, addressing a friend who had passed away.
Given the lack of marine growth on the bottle, Mershon could tell that the letter was relatively fresh. He penned a response to Jonothan, sending his condolences and detailing plans to release the note back into the ocean, along with his own addition.
Mershon then posted the letter on Facebook, hoping his words might find their way back to the heartbroken young man.
“I don’t need to find him, personally, but I want this letter to find him,” Mershon explained to TODAY. “To say, you didn’t write that in vain. I found it, and now other people will too.”
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