The other day I saw a star shaped red star balloon escaping in the sky. Later I drove by an open house with the same red balloons out front. Even so I couldn’t help but be reminded of one of childhood’s biggest disappointments.
Along with your ice cream scoop toppling off its cone and onto the ground, accidentally letting go of a balloon is right up there with the major tragic events of childhood!
Of course these tragic events seem trivial to us now but we have empathy for our kids because we remember what it was like.
Wouldn’t it be great if these were the only hardships are children ever had to face? I think it would be. Therefore I have decided to think of that overstuffed red balloon as if it contained ALL the hopes and dreams for ALL children being sent up to the heavens for special consideration.
I hope it makes it!
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Reminded me of this wonderful book too…
Emily’s Balloon by Komako Sakai
One day, Emily gets a balloon. By the end of the afternoon, the balloon is no longer just a plaything. Emily and the balloon are friends. But when the balloon blows away, what will Emily do? The beautifully evocative illustrations and the timeless innocence of the story make this deceptively simple book a sure classicsweet, compelling, and filled with the wonder and discovery of friendship (Amazon description).
additional books about balloons…
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