balloons in the snow

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photo prompt © Dee Lovering

Prompt for Friday Fictioneers (22-24 July 2015):

Balloons in the snow. Snow on the balloons. Always the nicest birthday present.

She believed her parents made it snow. Just for her. So while others grumbled and grumped, she skipped and jumped. Birthday angels. Birthday flakes.

Blowing warm breath on her hands, she stomped her numb feet. Her shelter coat was thin, no scarf to keep out the wind. She wore mismatched socks for mittens.

She felt a tug on her coat. A small girl reached up, the helium balloon bobbing with her child’s smile.  “Happy Birthday,” Lizzy said. “It always snows on my birthday, too.” {word count: 97}

PS: This photograph has a déjà vu feel. I have been by that building. Is it in the Washington, DC or Bronx, NYC Zoo? Central Park? . . . .

© phylor, 2015

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41 thoughts on “balloons in the snow

  1. Priceless Joy July 22, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    Darling story! I especially liked the little girl giving her a balloon for her birthday. Sweet.

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    • phylor July 22, 2015 / 9:41 pm

      Thank you. The balloons in the picture gave me the idea.

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    • phylor July 24, 2015 / 11:06 am

      Thank you.
      Children are more perceptive than we sometimes give them credit. Very generous in their wonderment of the world around them.

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    • phylor July 22, 2015 / 9:42 pm

      Thanks!
      Glad you enjoyed “birthday flakes.”

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  2. luckyjc007 July 22, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    Nice happy story! (What’s one person’s misery, is another person’s joy!)

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    • phylor July 22, 2015 / 4:53 pm

      Too true! Glad you liked my story; I often don’t end with a happy resolution. ;)

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    • phylor July 22, 2015 / 4:53 pm

      I enjoy the wonder and whimsy children can view their world with.

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  3. Sandra July 22, 2015 / 11:05 am

    Birthday flakes … such a lovely concept. A sweet sad story.

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    • phylor July 22, 2015 / 4:54 pm

      Yes, bittersweet. I wanted to express a child’s compassion with snow and balloons.

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  4. HumaAq July 22, 2015 / 10:08 am

    Children find happiness in everything, small or big. Sweet girl must be freezing but she was living the moment. Nice story

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    • phylor July 22, 2015 / 4:55 pm

      It’s so important to live in the moment. We get so caught up in the past and the future. Glad you enjoyed my story.

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  5. rochellewisoff July 22, 2015 / 7:25 am

    Dear Phylor,

    Some things are just meant to be. Sweet story. (Central Park ;) )

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • phylor July 22, 2015 / 7:26 am

      Thank you on both accounts!

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  6. ceayr July 22, 2015 / 7:15 am

    This is sweet, but with an innate sadness to it.
    Excellent piece.

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    • phylor July 22, 2015 / 4:55 pm

      I tend to write the bittersweet.
      I’m glad you enjoyed my story.

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  7. micklively July 22, 2015 / 5:35 am

    There’s something about a child’s view of the world.
    Good piece.

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