16 November 2014
Have you ever watched a child with a helium balloon? Sometimes I forget how much bang you get for your buck with balloons. My boys love them. They potentially bring delight for hours (days if you pay for that extra stuff they spray in them!)
If our boys trust us to tie their balloons to their wrists - and also trust that the knots we tie will hold - then they can fully enjoy their balloons. They run freely across the yard and watch their balloon dance behind them. The balloon can follow along on a bike ride or up the steps at the playground and zoom down the slide. Sometimes they'll just sit and watch their balloon float lightly above them swaying in the breeze. It is crazy how much delight this brings the boys. Of course, when they are delighted so are we. It might be as fun to watch them play as it is for them to actually play.
It starts with trust though. And what feels a bit like loss of control.