Twenty-Five Yellow Balloons
Last week my husband and I were sitting on a Florida beach shortly before sunset when a young woman approached and asked us to take a picture of her standing in the surf. She was holding a bunch of yellow balloons. “My friend died on January 3rd,” she said, “and today would have been her twenty-fifth birthday. She lived in Colorado and always wanted to see the beach. I’m releasing these twenty-five balloons in her honor and friends in Colorado Springs are doing the same today.” She stood in the breaking surf and we shot some beautiful pictures. She made a video for the Facebook friends that the two of them had in common and invited us to watch it with her. “Goodbye, Princess, we love you,” were her last words on the video. Then she hugged me, walked out over the ocean on the Lake Worth Pier, held her arm up high and set free the twenty-five yellow balloons where the wind blew them toward the setting sun.