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the story of an invisible girl
Birthday Balloons
At sis's party sunday, I insisted on sharing this "balloon story" with all of her guests. It made me laugh so heartily, it had to be passed on!

On my way to her party, I stopped at a flower shop and bought one of those shiny mylar balloons for her. As I handed it to her, I explained, "This is for you of course, but it will also be useful to mark your house, when guests are looking for it. We can put it in front somewhere." She said she'd tie it to the porch railing, and went out front.

I was on the side of the house in the driveway, messing with the drinks, when I heard her cry, "Oh no! NO!!"

I turned to the front of the house in time to see the balloon go bobbing by on its own. A moment later she appeared, chasing the ribbon (which was already a few feet above her head). It floated up further and got stuck in a tree probably 5 stories above the ground.

I was laughing so hard I could barely speak. When I did, I gasped, "Now how are people going to find your house with the balloon way up there?? I'm not buying you another balloon; they're on their own."

We worried the rest of the afternoon that some of her missing guests were up in the trees with the balloon somewhere, wondering where the patio was.


I have a personal balloon tradition. I began it the new year's eve after S died. The tradition involves writing a note to him, attaching it a helium balloon, and setting it free. I love to watch it disappear into the sky, carrying my message far away, lifting it high, to hopefully find him somewhere.

Balloons in general have become something of a message to him, a reminder of him, even when I don't actually write a note. Sometimes I'll just pen something onto the balloon itself, sometimes I'll just set it free at watch it float away. I like it.

If you keep a balloon captive, it wilts and dies in your livingroom. If you set it free, it soars into the heavens, going who-knows-where.

This morning I set free the two balloons which I rescued from last night's event. I didn't write a note this time. I just said, "happy birthday, I still love and miss you," and I let them go. They were tied together, and they pulled one another back and forth as they both lifted past the treetops. The balloons turned into circles which turned into dots, and they hid behind some leaves before they had completely shrank out of view.

I wondered briefly if perhaps on sunday S had gotten confused and thought that sis's balloon was meant for him, so he had taken it when she was distracted. The thought made me smile and chuckle quietly as I climbed into my car to go to work.
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cjdoyle From: cjdoyle Date: July 1st, 2003 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is just really cool.
tammylc From: tammylc Date: July 1st, 2003 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was a beautiful post. Thank you.
cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: July 1st, 2003 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I found this web site about releasing balloons as a way of remembering loved ones who are gone:

cannibal From: cannibal Date: July 1st, 2003 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
infernus1218 From: infernus1218 Date: July 1st, 2003 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
terribly beautiful and...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 1st, 2003 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

infernus1218 From: infernus1218 Date: July 1st, 2003 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's just very beautiful and it left me speechless.
mariegraham From: mariegraham Date: July 8th, 2003 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)


At the Cedar Polka Fest this past weekend I had taken two yellow balloons to mark our table (it's a BIG tent). Halfway through the evening, I noticed that our table was at the edge of two huge tents, and that the gap between them was just big enough for the balloons to make it through. Thinking of you, I let them go, taking a message of love to my two grandmothers. It was very nice, watching them drift away. Thanks.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 8th, 2003 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: balloons

How wonderful...thank you for sharing that!

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