#908: The balloon animal artist

In our house, we love balloons. We usually have a good number left over from a party, or simply because the kids enjoy blowing them up just for fun. So from time to time, we try to think of doing something interesting other than Balloon Volleyball or blowing them up and letting them fart around the room making funny noises.

Initially, our project was to make one of those nifty balloon rockets that can race on a string. In the backyard, we had two strings set up, pinned to a wooden post that marked the finish line. We thought we were ready to go, but the round balloons that we had in the house wouldn’t work. So we were then on the hunt for the long “airship” balloons recommended. And that’s how we stumbled on the long, thin balloons used for twisting into animals and other fun shapes.

We had never seen these types of balloons sold in stores for the average non-performing consumer before, so of course, we were excited. We had visions of making our own balloon doggies, balloon crowns, hey, maybe even one day a balloon motorcycle. But several burst balloons later from all of us, and I was ready to admit defeat.

 

Her second creation: balloon flower

 

But not my Girl. Within minutes, she was on YouTube, looking up videos on how to make simple balloon creations. And where I was all thumbs, she succeeded. Her first successful balloon creation? Swords for herself and her brother (much to his delight, he who would love to turn everything in the house into a head-bopping sword or saber). But I was even more impressed with what she said afterwards: “If I get really good at this, maybe I can make them and sell them at next year’s community yard sale, as a fundraiser for the humane society.”

Perseverance, manual dexterity, business acumen, and generosity—all displayed in a single balloon.

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