PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — At first glance, the green plastic ginger ale bottle on the beach looked just like another of the billions of pieces of debris splayed across Northeast coastlines after Superstorm Sandy.
But this bottle, which would fetch a nickel at the recycling center, is worth everything to a grieving mother who knew instantly from the silly adolescent message inside that it had come from her daughter, who died in 2010: “Be excellent to yourself, dude!”
“It was just a green bottle and I just happened to notice it and I picked it up and I saw it had a message in it,” Federal Emergency Management Agency worker Garrett Rivers told CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff on Thursday.
Sidonie Fery, then 10, wrote a message on a scrap of paper, tucked it in a bottle and launched it into the waters off Long Island a dozen years ago. It was long forgotten until workers cleaning up after Sandy in the village of Patchogue discovered it and called Sidonie’s mom, Mimi.