Posted on February 4th, 2013 in Stories



Painting by Miranda Koerner

“Oh, how happy he’ll be.  How happy he’ll be, and how happy he’ll be with me!”

 The elephant hummed along to himself as he skipped along merrily.  Birthdays were wonderful, even when they were for someone else.  There was something about a birthday that made the day much more magical, from the moment one woke up until the moment their eyes closed.  Birthdays were automatically joyful, the elephant considered, as even the most dull of birthdays included cake and ice cream.

And balloons.  One could not have a proper birthday without balloons.  The little elephant was determined even if the cake was dry and the ice cream melted, his friend would at least have proper birthday balloons.

What cheerful balloons they were!  Blue and yellow and pink all bobbing about on long white ribbons that streamed until they touched the clouds.  His toes nearly didn’t touch the ground with every leap along the grassy way.  Suddenly, the elephant stopped in his tracks.  The most brilliant thought had occurred to him.

“Balloons are all very well,” he mused aloud, “But what about an entire houseful of balloons?  Oh, he would be so surprised!  He would be so thrilled!”

Well, there was simply only one thing for the elephant to do.  Looping the balloons tightly around his trunk, he skipped his way back to the shop, his toes barely touching the tips of the grass.  After carefully entering the store (tail first, balloons second), he inquired at the counter to the incredulous clerk.

“Pardon me, sir.  Do you have any more balloons?  Several dozen will do.”

After all, there’s no such thing as a happy birthday without balloons.

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13 Responses to “Balloons”

  1. Sue Says:

    Definitely better with balloons!

    Cute story. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Kimberly Says:

    Oh I very much agree. So cute!

  3. Natasha Says:

    Wonderful, wonderful story. I know balloons definitely make any day better. They’re my favorite and once again, congrats on opening your Etsy shop!

  4. Joanne Says:

    It’s so true! Balloons never fail to make a day (especially a birthday) better!

  5. Channon Says:

    Love it – and your shop!! Hooray!! Go you!

  6. Pam Says:

    I love elephants… this one is sweet.

  7. another jennifer Says:

    Balloons make everything better.

  8. Marjie Says:

    Dan got me a balloon for my birthday (Oct. 24). It lasted until January 2! It made me happy every day. So I hope Elephant got lots of balloons.

  9. Madison Says:

    I am just now getting a minute to catch up on all of your wonderfulness! School, internship, and health issues have kept me from doing much reading or blogging, but I have been seeing snippets of your posts!

    I loved the face painting in your Etsy shop! Very intriguing!

  10. Reeni Says:

    So cute that you made a story to go with your picture! Or a picture to go with your story?! Good luck with your shop!

  11. gloria Says:

    cute I love elephants!

  12. Pietro Says:

    Nice painting! Yes, balloons are joyful!

  13. Rachel (S[d]OC) Says:

    Your elephant painting needs to be in the Etsy shop. I love it!

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