Postcard returned to LI woman 25 years later

March 13, 2012 2:41:41 PM PDT
When a woman and her then 5-year-old daughter tied a postcard to the end of a helium balloon in Port Jefferson in the summer of 1984, they expected someone to send the letter back within a couple of weeks. But the pair had to wait about 25 years for a response to their message.

Linda Gessner can remember it like it was yesterday. She and her daughter Melissa put the card in a plastic bag, tied it to a balloon and set it off into the air along the Long Island Sound.

"Off we went back home and promptly forgot about it," Gessner said.

Now, all these years, it's showed up at her house. After all, Melissa did write for the person who found it to mail it back to her.

"Honestly even looking at it and reading it it took me a minute to think back. Oh my goodness. did this really happen? Wow," Gessner said.

The postcard almost didn't make it back to the Gessners. They had moved from their home but just around the corner. so the new homeowner brought it over to them. The person who sent it back, though, remains a mystery. They wrote only "Beachcomber, Shoreham, NY" as the return address.

Now, Gessner is thinking about passing on the tradition with her 1-year-old granddaughter Lexi, while keeping in mind the modern environmental standards.

"So we'll have to come up with a new way. Maybe in a bottle in a baggie," Gessner said.

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