2012-02-09 / Island Life
Message in a bottle
Bottle found on Padre Island National Seashore
Phyllis Leffler, a Columbus, Ind., resident spending the winter in Port Aransas, found a message in a bottle at Padre Island National Seashore on Jan. 20.
Five sheets of paper were in the bottle. Messages were written in English on two pages and in Spanish on three pages.
Below are transcriptions of all five pages, with the Spanish portions translated to English.
The pages written in English are exactly transcribed, with all wording, grammar, spelling and punctuation errors preserved. Some words were obliterated, possibly due to exposure to sun or water.
Pages three and four are similarly worded, but one is longer, and written in English, while the other is written in Spanish.
The pages written in Spanish are as well-translated as possible by Leif Johnson, a longtime Port Aransas High School Spanish instructor who said that the act of translation is “an art, and not an exact science.”
Page one (original written in Spanish):
For Michael Jackson:
Michael, thanks for your inspiration and for so many smiles. Your mehas (a Spanish word, English version unknown) inspired many times. (Word illegible) at least already you are much better than in this trash called the world.
Thanks for everything. You know I love you.
I am praying for you.
Page two (original written in Spanish):
For George Harrison, June 26, 2011
George, a simple I love you. Don’t tell everyone my feelings for you. You are very special for me. The first time that I listened to you sing, I didn’t even know your name or know who you were. I adored you and loved your precious voice. When I saw your aspecto (Spanish word, English version unknown), I adored your temora (Spanish word, English version unknown), your smile and your dark eyes (like mine). I lose myself completely in them. I love you extremely much. Naturally, the people of my age notice “beautiful” people with “bodies,” but you and your voice and many other pretty things make me love you completely. All your locuras (Spanish word, English version unknown) and shenanigans always make me happy. When you laugh, I always begin to laugh with you. When I think that you are already with God, it makes me sad and happy at the same time – sad that you can’t be happy (but) you are in peace and in a better place. And listen, one day I will get to see you. You make me the happiest person in the world. Thank you for changing my life.
God will know who I am.
Page three (original written in Spanish):
Hi Michael …
I love you in the good and in the bad
There would be whatever (word obliterated) to spend a minute with you. I love you without (words obliterated) they say. I would love to be (words obliterated). You know that I love you.
You know all the rest. (Smiley face.)
You will continue being the best in the world.
Alcala chan (Spanish words, English versions unknown)
Love you (heart)
Page four (original written in English)
Hello Michael Jackson,
I love you in the good ones and the bad (wrong) ones.
I will do anything for being with you though it is a minute of my beautiful life.
I love you in spite of what the people say.
I would love to be with you, kiss you, although you know how much you would say that I love you.
Is that you do not like girls like me, skinny, angry, brunette, etc..but would do anything to see you.
I love you and always will love you because you’re the best man I had ever known: courteous, kind, loving, caring and all the good that can have a man like you.
And there are many things I love to tell you but I hope that what I said is just enough to get me and I treated like a victim of your beauty.
Michael You Are the Best On my World.
I love you
Page five (Original written in English.)
I just want to tell you you’re the best and never exchange for anything.
I love you as you are they do not import your operations, do not import your demands (lawsuits) for me, it is not important for me that you are poor. I adore you.
Michael you are the best man I love you because I if I understand you problems, understand everything through what you lived and I had liked to be to our side in these moments to console yourself.
Michael I adore you and love you not for fanatic but as a father, a son, a friend, a husband, a king, etc. I understand you and every you see more because you are so handsome and sexy I am charmed with it you quite of you.
I that these in the sky because in the day you are a beautiful cloud and in the night you are a very brilliant star, and the reason more important of because these in the sky it is because you are perfect and adorable, etc…
Good-bye, remember you are the best, I want to see you Michael and want to kiss you.
I love you and always will love you Michael.