Man finds child's letter to 'poppy' in a small wooden boat

STRANGE FIND: Tom Tilney found a small handmade boat with a letter in it on Moore Park Beach. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
STRANGE FIND: Tom Tilney found a small handmade boat with a letter in it on Moore Park Beach. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

WHEN Tom Tilney went for a regular morning stroll along Moore Park Beach, he found something out of the ordinary washed up on the shore that brought tears to his eyes.

The Moore Park local said he was walking his dog yesterday morning when he came across a wooden toy boat decorated with a flower and a small note wedged inside.

"It had been washed up and was sitting at the high tide mark," he said.

"I dried off the note and when I read the story I was really touched but what it said."


The note reads:

Dear Poppy,

Happy Birthday.

I hope u have the best birthday of your life.

Hope u get a chance to make a wish of your choice to come true.

Me and Charlie can't wait for you too come home from fishing. We all miss you so much and love you so much too you and back.

My heart misses you so much. Today made me sad.

The first November with out u and thinking of that makes me sad.

Roses are Red

Violets are blue

and I know I miss u

Love from your Angel Charlie and Deago

P.S Please come back soon


*The note has been copied as it was written.

Mr Tilney said it was the relationship he had with his own grandchild that really struck a chord with him when he read the letter.

"My granddaughter calls me poppy so that really hit a soft spot," he said.

"I thought, that is love. That's two kids who really want their poppy back, they want him to come home."

"I am not a sook but that definitely brought tears to my eyes."

Mr Tilney said he had kept the boat and letter safe in case the children wanted their items back.

The NewsMail can be contacted for further details on 4153 8572.

Topics:  family love message sea

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