And then…. I waited for a reply……..ho, hum.....
And it would appear that patience is not my virtue (well, actually I do already know that – but this just proved it). After waiting just over 2 weeks and not hearing anything, I was convinced that Elise had not received my letter and so feeling a little bored on a Friday evening at home, decided to shake things up a bit so.....I threw her message in a bottle out into the virtual sea of twitter. Well… I certainly did not realise what the response would be......
So, there are several lessons I can draw from this:
1. Patience! Perhaps I could have waited a little longer to receive a letter back from Elise before kicking off a worldwide supported search for her!
2. Twitter is an amazingly powerful tool and a lot of people love joining in a search, and solving a mystery.
3. The consequences of just one tiny action, can render big results - Just one small message in a bottle ended up being read by over 1,500 people. Now everyone knows that Elise’s favourite food is stew (well done by the way, I wish my daughter would eat stew!).
4. Everyone loves a message in a bottle!
And one lesson for Elise and indeed any child! You know, us middle aged grownups aren’t very patient about waiting for letters, and so if you’ve got a thank you card or letter due for any Christmas presents, get writing, as if not, the long arm of twitter might just come along and give you a big prod! It can be done. We’ve just proved it!
I’d like to finish with a big thank you to Elise for her lovely message in a bottle, for her teacher who threw it in the River Thames, and mostly to ALL of the people who helped track Elise down! I hope the experience and the outcome has been a fun one and that I have not embarrassed you Elise!
It’s really quite magical.
Love Nicola X
oh, and ps, now having found Elise, there is still the small matter of finding Madison from London (see my previous blog entry before this. And....there is a reward for that one!! ). Get hunting!!