Author’s note: Written for my beautiful nanna, Edie, who finally let go last night. May you Rest In Peace with Bill.
“Take this balloon,” Nanna began. “Its life begins much like ours. All shrivelled, until it’s filled with air and starts to grow.”
Bringing it to her lips, it slowly inflated. “Sometimes, we push too far and…”
“BANG!” I interrupted.
“Exactly,” she smiled. “Sometimes, we tie a knot, when there’s still room to grow.”
She made a pinching motion with her fingers. “But sometimes, we can hold it just right. Get a balance between the two.”
“And then what?” I asked.
She laughed, “It’s time to let go!”
Together, we watched the balloon empty and fizzle, before coming to rest.
By Sarah ©2018
Prompt: Carrot Ranch, Flash Fiction Challenge – March 8, 2018. Task: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that features a balloon. It can be a party balloon or a hot air balloon. How does it add to your story? Go where the prompt leads.