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Emotional Surprise Between A Grieving Daughter And The Cop Who Found Her Message In A Bottle

Jun 07, 2021
(audience applauds) - I can't wait to talk to you about this. This is such a touching story. That's why we include it in this program. My next guest has an incredible and inspiring story for all of you. She is a freshman in high school, and earlier this year, her father passed away unexpectedly. In her grief, she

found

a unique way to honor her life and, in doing so, she touched the life of a complete stranger on the other side of the country. Please welcome 14 year old Peyton. (Audience applauds) First of all, tell us about your dad. - My dad was my best friend.
emotional surprise between a grieving daughter and the cop who found her message in a bottle
He and I had this bond that was completely inseparable. We would talk about anything and sadly on March 9th he passed away unexpectedly due to a heart condition that went unnoticed. - Oh. -And we are doing everything we can to keep his memory alive, including necklaces. And he loved riding a motorcycle, so when I saw this motorcycle necklace I needed it. - Is this a Harley man? - Any motorcycle. - Any motorcycle (laughs). - Just a motorcycle. -He is a rebel. - Yes (laughs), and this is a necklace of ashes. So he already has some of his ashes. - That's so beautiful, and then you said that your grandmother also did the same thing, right?
emotional surprise between a grieving daughter and the cop who found her message in a bottle

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Does everyone, everyone, a little... - She also has a necklace of ashes. I'm pretty sure yours is heart shaped. -Ah. - And maybe it says "Son." - Yes. - I'm not sure. - That's a really beautiful way to remember someone and still carry them with you. - Thank you. - My

daughter

is five years old. She is now obsessed with life and death and she doesn't understand it all. So it's a very beautiful way for me to be able to say, "Hey, you always have a part of the person with you." It's something very, very special and I love it. (Audience applauds) Here's the thing.
emotional surprise between a grieving daughter and the cop who found her message in a bottle
So what you did is the

message

in the

bottle

. Where did you get that idea to do that? - My grandmother told me and it was just a

bottle

. I had ashes and a note from my grandmother and me, explaining what happened and how hard it affected our family. - And that was your thing, right? You wanted, he always wanted to travel. - He loved to travel. He would do everything he could to be anywhere. -That's great, he really lived. -Yes, because of his position. - That's a beautiful, beautiful thing. -And from there he exploded into this beautiful thing so that we remember him. - Yes, it's something wonderful.
emotional surprise between a grieving daughter and the cop who found her message in a bottle
Where did you get the bottle? - I'm from the outskirts of Dallas. - Yes. (Peyton laughs) (applauding) Yes, me too. (audience applauding) - And I had some cousins ​​who were going to Florida on vacation, and they agreed to take the bottle with the ashes and the note, and we also added a few dollars in case he was outside the United States. - So what happened next? You posted it and what happened? -The next day, he came about 20 miles to Walton County, and this amazing woman

found

him and texted my grandmother and we were in shock. - 'Well, then I want to read this.
She says, "Hello, my name is Sergeant Paula Pendleton." I work for the Walton County Sheriff's Office. "I've had a very interesting day, "one that includes your beloved son" and your loving father Brian. "I found your note and wanted to let you know that I cried. "Now I'm going to put the note and the money back in the bottle and give it to one of my fishing buddies so he can drop Brian off in the gulf." Brian is your father. "As long as I'm there, "He can travel and explore this big world." Therefore, Brian had to accompany him "with a sheriff's deputy before he left on his adventures once again." I thought it was so beautiful that (audience applauds). ) very moved by your

message

, and he sent himself to the world.
So, did you ever get to talk to her? - We had a few short text messages, and last week I met her on Skype - Oh, that's right. Brilliant. -And hearing her voice left me in shock because I was able to connect with her personally, and I also felt my dad with that (laughs). - Okay, oh, you're so mature for your age. Handling it well, you are (Peyton laughs). So you didn't meet her in person, just on Skype - Right - And you have to have that, that's a lot of fun, honestly, it's based on connection. .
I feel like everyone is really divided right now in our country and I think it's very beautiful what you did. I ended up making this connection (audience applauds) that you weren't expecting. - Good. - And I thought it was really beautiful. Peyton, I have a

surprise

for you. You no longer have to wait to meet her in person, because Sergeant Paula is here today. (Audience applauds) Come out. (Peyton laughs) (inspiring, dynamic music) I'm really crying. I'm very happy for her, she's fine. Oh my god, guys, she's fine. Come come. My God, woo. - I'm not crying, you're crying. - You're crying, I'm perfectly fine.
You can sit here. - You can go that way. - By the way, you look beautiful in your uniform. - Good thank you. That's what I'm looking for. (audience applauds) - Therefore, it was not our intention to dismiss them. - Hello (laughs). because I know I have black under my eyes. Let's make sure that beautiful face of hers shows. So you say, Sergeant Paula, that she actually was. (Peyton laughs) She went from crying to laughing. That's me, that's me in a variety of emotions, in one day. - Yes (laughs). - But you say you had to find this bottle.
Why do you say that? - Yes, well last year I lost my husband. It was sudden. We took him to the hospital and they told us, "Go home and get your affairs in order." So I brought him home and stayed with him for seven days. And he was a chef and a ship captain. And he loved to travel and, ironically, where I sent the ashes with my husband is where Brian washed up, on the beach next door. - Wow. - So I had to meet her. - Isn't life that crazy? Let me help you again. (Peyton laughs) I'm a big mom right now and I'm probably all blackface. - Dont do it. - Can you do that for me too? - You look great, you look great. - I assume you have waterproof mascara. (the group laughs) - Get out of here. - I know, we didn't become waterproof.
We didn't become waterproof. - Was. (Paula laughs) It probably was, it's just me. And the same thing happens to me. But do you want to say something to him in person? I know you were able to Skype, but I thought we wanted to

surprise

you because honestly, we felt like this was just a magical story. And like I said, this whole program is about connecting people again. I feel like we are so lost in our friends and our own little self-centered world that we don't think outside of ourselves. And this was such a beautiful moment. Do you have something you want to tell him? - I love you (cries). - I love you too, girl. (Audience applauds) - I know it's a little difficult to talk.
I mean, how crazy is he? Do you think you are all those people? I think everything happens for a reason, even the really bad things, and... - Well, you can imagine. - You have to believe that now, right? - Of course, I spoke to Peyton on Skype. And we talked over text messages and it was very difficult, by the way, to keep it from you. (Peyton laughs) And we were supposed to meet, and I just want you to know, Peyton, that from now on, if you need anything in this world, you can call me day or night.
I'm here for you. (audience applauds) - I mean, y'all, I feel like there are things that have happened in my life, that I feel like they're like that, well, I feel like my life is like that sometimes. But do you have situations like that, Chris and Kirsten? Do they have something like that that just had to happen? Like kind of... - I mean, I feel like right now. - Even, you know, I was talking to Chris about working on "Fargo" and meeting Jesse, and you never know where you'll find your soul mate in life. You never know when that happens.
But having those things is very valuable. -And Peyton, actually, is so brilliant that she started a Facebook page, which is "Brian's Journey." - Yes (laughs). - And the comments we have received about it are very positive. I mean, 90% of them think that our story or hers has helped them with their pain and helped them get through this, so not only are you a great spirit and soul, your dad is taking care of you, but you are a strong woman I'm here for you. - Thank you. (The audience applauds) - And you are leaving something beautiful. - Thank you. - You are leaving something beautiful.
So we want to take advantage of that, okay? Because by sending that message to the world, you connected with someone who was going through the exact same thing as you, you know, a loss. And that connection helped them both, and I think that's a really beautiful thing, and that's why this show is about connections. So your story inspired me to find a way to connect more people. And we don't even have to go to the ocean if you don't want to. I want to start something where everyone in the world, you, your father, can travel around the world.
Your husband has traveled all over the world, so let's take advantage of this viral moment, you know? Let's go online. If anyone wants to share a picture and message from a loved one, use the hashtag #messageinabottle on Instagram. Unlike a physical message in a bottle, where only one person can find it, this is a way for your loved one's message to travel the world to connect with people, help, inspire and heal, indeed. It's always very healing to talk to someone who is going through the same thing and just share that pain, not sit in it but understand it.
And I was so impressed by this, that we wanted to start this whole online campaign, for your dad Brian, for your husband, just to make that connection possible, because I truly believe that we all need more connection in our lives, and I thank you for that. (The audience applauds)

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