49-year-old Craig Sullivan lost his wife a year and a half ago, and ever since then, he has been struggling to find another significant other who would complete him the same way his wife did.
After a long battle with cancer, Craig’s wife passed and left a huge void in Craig’s heart, one he feared he would not be able to fill. The man of Scottish descent was left to take care of their only daughter, a fact he feared will not be as well-understood as he had hoped by women. After all, dating a widower and single father does not exactly tick all the right boxes.
He was encouraged by several people to start an online dating profile but realized it was not the right platform for him. Then suddenly, one day, Craig got a creative idea to get his search going on a less conventional platform. He had just finished reading an op-ed about a dying author asking women to date her husband. She justified her seemingly odd request by explaining it was in her best interest to have him find love, move on and lead a happy life after she was gone.
Later that day, Craig turned on the radio, and the song “Message in a Bottle” by The Police started playing. It was like a calling, and at that exact moment, Craig understood what he had to do if he ever wanted to find true love again.
Craig printed out dozens of personal messages describing himself and what he was looking for romantically, then took the printouts, rolled them inside glass bottles and tossed them into the ocean.
Originally, Craig intended on sending out hundreds of letters but then was warned to stop polluting U.K. waters immediately. His efforts did not go to waste, however. As he wrote on his blog:
“I’ve been contacted by 137 people from different websites, newspapers, TV shows and radio stations interested in the story,” wrote Sullivan. “I simply couldn’t get back to everyone.”
Craig felt overwhelmed with gratitude and was shocked to have received so many supportive responses.
“As for those ladies who wrote to me, I just wanted to reassure you that I will reply to every one of your supportive, insightful and detailed messages — it may take me a couple of days to catch up with everything.”
Indeed, Craig made a self-note to answer each and every woman who wrote to him and made sure they knew they were not forgotten or taken for granted – just like a true gentleman.