Walking on the shore of Lake Grapevine with his dog, Ted Barney stumbled upon a bottle, containing a dollar bill and a message of hope.
“It is a short message from a kid who has a kind heart,” Barney said.
It reads: “We are in this together. The war and the hate is just a waste. We are all in this thing til the end.”
Based on the somewhat childish scrawl, Barney believes that the message was written by an elementary school student, possibly as a class project.
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Barney, an aircraft maintenance technician for American Airlines, lives with his wife, Kati; and daughter, Alice, about two blocks from the south end of the lake.
He walks the lake about four or five times a week, usually with his cherished 9-year-old dog, Clancy.
“He splashes along the water,” Barney said.
Barney said he’s not sure where the bottle was launched but said it was a windy day and the waves were lapping, so it could have come from most anywhere.
“The bottle was on the edge of the shore in the water, so I just picked it up and observed a note in it,” Barney said. “I thought it was a nice sentiment from a kid.”
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