Red Star Balloon

Star Balloon (pen & ink on marker paper, colorized in Gimp)

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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  1. I love this idea! As a young girl when my father died, I wrote him a letter and burned it. I watched as the ashes floated up into the clouds. Shortly after, I could swear I saw the clouds form a smiling face, and I knew my dad wasn’t really gone. I’d forgotten that comfort until just now. Thank you!
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  2. It’s true. My middle daughter just received a helium balloon from a birthday party and she wouldn’t let her little brother hold it, though he loves balloons. But then she needed to use the bathroom, so he was allowed to bring it to the car and hold it so I wouldn’t get in an accident with it bopping all over my back seat. I was so stressed out that he’d accidentally let go of it. That would have been like an atomic bomb going off in my house!
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  3. Oh I remember balloon escapes that caused quivering lips.

    But for my sweet fifteen, we had so so many balloons, and at night after the guests had left, we went outside and let the balloons go .. it was beautiful!

    I love the idea of hopes and cares ascending upwards..
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