The Red Balloon

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When I opened up the curtains this morning, the first thing I saw was this red balloon in the middle of the road. It looked so striking in the rain (I actually walked outside in my pajamas to take this pic).

Chances are the kids who live on my street probably just left it there, but the former English major in me wonders if there’s something symbolic about the situation.

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  1. I once saw a documentary about balloons that traveled around the world. In one story, a young boy had attached a letter to his balloon and let it fly away. In the letter, he wrote his name, where he was from and how old he was. His parents approved of course. Ironically, the balloon ended up across the country in the hands of another little boy with the same name. Strange, right? It may be symbolic after all :)

  2. Trisha says:

    I don’t know if you believe in that stuff but I’m watching Long Island Medium on TLC right now. During a reading she asked about a pink balloon on someone’s lawn left after a birthday party and they wondered where it came from and she said it was her mom. Like a sign she was there :) you never know!

  3. MelodyJ says:

    That is a great picture. The symbolic meaning I can think of is someone raining on another person’s parade.

  4. Marian says:

    Have you seen the film, “The Red Ballloon”? It was a favorite of mine as a child.

  5. nekosan says:

    I live in Palo Alto, and we found a red balloon in our backyard yesterday. I took it inside and washed it off, and it turned out to be a helium balloon. The cats were baffled by it. Now i’m kind of wondering if the balloons could have had the same source (’tis possible!).

  6. Jane says:

    I love this photo . . . and I’m a former English major too. I just found this blog a few days ago and I’m having so much fun reading it.

  7. jenn s. says:

    Reminded me of “The Red Balloon” film as well. I think the movie did not have words, but a little boy either followed a red balloon all over a foreign town or the balloon followec him. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it! Also reminded me of that horrible song, “99 Red Balloons.” I despised that song and the voice of the woman who sang it. It came out in the 80′s when I was in junior high…

  8. Leslie says:

    That’s really special karen, thanks for sharing.

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