A Fun Phobia

More than twenty years ago, a beautiful heart-shaped balloon popped while I was blowing it up and left a large welt right beside my eye.  It was a specialty balloon made out of unusually thick rubber, which apparently had a flaw in it.

To this day, I have a slight phobia of balloons.  Over the years, this has grown to include other stretchy rubber things, like exercise bands, when they get too close to my face.  My family relishes teasing me about it.

photo of lady peeking through a red birthday balloon, background is black and white

As a form of therapy this morning, I inflated several balloons — all by myself!  🙂  I do a better job, though, if I blow them up while sitting down…with my eyes closed…with both hands in front of my face like a shield…with a few pauses to turn away and take deep, cleaning breaths to slow my heart rate…

three ladies having a balloon fight on a couch, background is black and white

Still, balloons can be a source of simple, childish fun, whether used as colored filters for viewing the world, swords in battle, slow-motion tennis balls, or static-filled hair decorations!  They stimulate the imagination and bring out the kid in all my family members.  An intense balloon battle is a fun way to get a little exercise, too, as long as nothing gets broken (in the house or on a person)!

four long balloons stuck to a woman's hair with static cling

I had four of the long balloons stuck to my head at one time this afternoon — a new record!

May you be blessed today with an acute awareness of the simple pleasures that surround you!

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Do you have a phobia?  Do you know how it started?  I’m all ears — tell me about it!


This One’s for the Birds, and I’m Happy About It!

During our recent trip to the Great Lakes, I was surprised by how many seagulls were on the beaches in Ohio and Michigan.  I really enjoyed interacting with them, as they are definitely not shy!

flock of seagulls walking and flying at the Great Lakes

They gracefully turn, twist, and hover in the air in ways that we as humans can only imagine doing.

Isn’t nature amazing?  There are so many simple pleasures to enjoy in this varied world in which we live.

seagull hovering in the air with wings curled forward beneath a cloudy sky

seagull with one wing outstretched while flying at the Great Lakes

two seagulls floating in the air with wings spread at the Great Lakes

seagull hovering in the air with wings stretched forward beneath a cloudy sky

“Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?

~Matthew 6:25-26

seagull with wings outstretched on the beach at the Great Lakes

I’m so thankful I have the health and means to get out and enjoy moments like these.