Coca-Cola has remarkable powers for making
people happy. If any proof were needed, consider a story from the Netherlands
about a young couple, their new baby and
a bottle of Coca-Cola light.
Last summer, expectant parents Paul
Boogaard and Arlette de Bruin made a big decision. Still a few months from
their baby’s birth, they decided "Tess" would be a perfect name. Around the
same time, they noticed the "Share a Coke" campaign and became determined to
find a bottle featuring their chosen name.
Paul and Arlette turned over every stone in
their search and, after nearly two months, luck finally struck as they found a
Coca-Cola light bottle with the name that would soon be the most important in
To keep the secret safe from
curious friends and family, Paul and Arlette safely stored the bottle in the
back of a cupboard. But the young couple, from the city of Zoetermeer, hid the
bottle so well that they totally forgot about it. That was until a few weeks ago, five months after
the birth of Tess, when they found it again. Checking the bottle over, they
could not believe their eyes.
Their Coca-Cola light bottle’s expiration date,
printed on the packaging, was the exact date of birth of baby Tess – January 31, 2015.
Paul turned to Facebook to announce this extraordinary turn of events. “Something
truly unique has come out of the Coca-Cola factory,” the proud father wrote in
a Facebook message to Coca-Cola. “While we were waiting anxiously for the day when ‘it’ would happen, Coca-Cola already knew
when Tess would be born. All this time, the birth date was in our cupboard!”
When the young father thanked Coca-Cola for the ‘miracle’ in a Facebook post,
his message quickly received more than 60,000 likes.
In a reaction, Coca-Cola congratulated the couple, saying: “Wow, wow, wow. What
an amazing story and how wonderful to see that Tess is already making so many
people smile, without her knowing.”
The inspiring story also spread to
mainstream media, with an article appearing in the national daily Algemeen Dagblad. Coca-Cola
Netherlands is helping the new family celebrate by sending them a Coca-Cola
gift pack with a few goodies, including, of course, a teddy bear for Tess.
LettersPaul and Arlette are not the only couple to
celebrate a huge life event by sharing a Coke and a smile. In Great Britain,
Donnie McGilvray found a creative way to propose to his girlfriend Eloise,
arranging six Share a Coke cans in the fridge to read: ‘Beautiful Eloise Will You Marry Me’.
And in the U.S., the
used the "Mom" and "Dad" Share a Coke cans to reveal on YouTube that
they were expecting a child.
The news about Tess has sparked more people in the Netherlands to come forward
with their stories about "happiness in a bottle." In a new article in the daily
, the parents of baby Boyd
claim a Coca-Cola
bottle also predicted the birth of their son. And the parents of Minke
discovered the date
on their bottle matched the first birthday of their little girl.