Releasing the balloons

Michael Knost had a really touching blog post HERE that reminded me of something.

I think it’s great that they release a balloon each Valentine’s Day/anniversary.  It’s a wonderful thing to share.  I, too, have had some experiences in releasing balloons, but they were a bit more morbid.  Still nice, though.

When I worked at a hotel in Ft. Myers, FL, we had a security guard that I’d gotten to be good friends with at the time.  One night, he found some balloons that had been abandoned in the lobby, so he took them outside and let them go with a smile.  When I asked him why he did it, he had a nice reason.  His son loved balloons but had passed away.  So every time he finds one, he let it go to heaven as a gift to the boy.

And here’s another:  My aunt passed away in 2002, one month before my father’s death on Feb 13th.  Her children and grandchildren gathered together during the funeral and released balloons by her grave.  We all watched them fly off together, and the kids were fascinated when they all floated straight toward my aunt’s home, which wasn’t far away (the balloons floated – not the kids).  That was really something.

Anyway, I thought it was cool of Michael to share, and it inspired me to do the same.

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