“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”
Winnie the Pooh
‘Tis been a time of sadness and upheaval for some I know. A beloved pet has died, the baby of one family left for college, another family moved far away, a couple’s divorce was filed and a friend received a diagnosis. All a part of the flow of life, but difficult when your life is doing the flow.
I started this post wanting to share photos of a balloon launch I watched last weekend. I was going to write about how beautiful were the balloons, how bright was the sun, how blue was the sky. I was going to reminisce about the time I went up in a hot air balloon and how I kneeled on the ground and drank champagne at the end of the flight. But those words did not come.
I came then upon words that seemed, at least to me, to tie together the images I was seeing and the thoughts I was feeling. To those who have hurt, I send you my love and warm thoughts. And to dear old Hoss, and all other dogs loved dearly and sadly lossed, I share “The Balloonist’s Prayer.”
“The winds have welcomed you with softness.
The sun has blessed you with his warm hands.
You have flown so high and so well
that God joined you in laughter
and set you gently back into
the loving arms of Mother Earth.”