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Opinion / Religion - November 13, 2017

The amazement of children

By Jessica Wright

The Gyp Hill Premiere

I never really give that much thought to balloons. Honestly, Iím old enough now that theyíve lost their appeal to me. My children, however, view balloons in a much different sense than I do. While we were shopping this past weekend, my children were given a balloon at the store we were at. It was a Halloween balloon, filled with helium. Corbin and Wyatt were so excited! My husband and I were both slightly worried that the balloon would not survive the trip home, as our children kind of forget that we need the rear window to see out of. However, to our surprise, it survived the trip home. The ribbon that was tied to the balloon did not.

When we got into the house to unload our loot, Corbin let go of the balloon, it hit the ceiling, and Lennox let out the happiest, most hysterical laugh I have ever heard. It was the kind of laugh that was infectious and could lighten even the grouchiest of moods. Thus began the great balloon game. Now, I am short, letís be real here. So, it was up to dad to get the balloon down. I went to grab some yarn from a long ago forgotten knitting project and tied it to the balloon so that Lennox could get the balloon down himself. That lasted approximately an hour before it too was a casualty of the enjoyment.

The day wore on and slowly, the balloon lost its appeal; until we turned on the ceiling fan. Lennox was immediately enamored to the balloon. Now, if he so much as hears the word balloon, he is standing underneath it with his head all the way back holding his hands out as if by shear will power he could reach out and grab it. Monday, after I had completed all of my work responsibilities, Lennox and I were at the house by ourselves. Far be it for me to ruin his fun by being too short to reach it. So, I did what any reasonable adult would do: I reached my hidden potential to be a basketball player and jumped with all of my might to get that balloon. I got it down, barely, and Lennox realized that this too was a fantastic way to spend the rest of his day. By the end of the evening, I was convinced that maybe I would make a good basketball player. However, if any of you were witness to my brief stint on my 7th grade basketball team, you would understand just how laughable that is. I am NOT a god basketball player. I can however jump high enough to get the balloon for my son. Thank goodness we have not moved into a house with tall ceilings that I love so much.

How one little balloon can fill my childrenís hearts with so much joy, I will never be able to grasp. However, the joy that fills my heart at seeing them so happy because of something I find so mundane is a testament to how much of a blessing these boys are to me. I am thoroughly convinced that I would be quite a sour puss without them showing me just how important the little things are. As long as I remember to find joy in the little things, life isnít nearly as bad as people may like to believe. I hope that I can find that mundane little thing that makes me as happy as that balloon made my children. Maybe thereís more to balloons than I have realized as Iíve gotten older. May this be a reminder to approach life with the vivacity and amazement of children; they certainly know how to enjoy it!


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