Sunday, June 20, 2010

30 wishes | 30 balloons

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As a child I once found a balloon with a note attached. It was a letter from another little girl seeking a pen pal. At the time, I thought it was truly magical to find a message by way of a balloon and have thought about the experience off and on in the years since.

Fast-forward two decades. This week I turned 30. My life has been filled with countless blessings. So, in celebration, I wanted to follow the lead of my pen pal from years ago, spreading happiness and connecting with others with the help of a little helium. Last night a group of good friends joined me in releasing 30 balloons out into the world. On each card was a hand-written message from one of my guests to the balloon's finder.

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[sketches by my sweet husband]

I'll be sharing photos soon...but in the meantime, if you found a balloon, I hope you'll share a bit with me. What wish did you receive? Where did you find it (street address is great...photos are even better!)? And what is your new wish? You can leave a comment here or you can send me a message via email at cabrera.suzanne [at] gmail.com

Thank you for helping make my wish come true. I look forward to hearing from you!

22 comments:

bridget Hunter said...

I hope, really hope a balloon makes its way across to the west of Scotland !!!!

suzanne cabrera said...

I think it can happen Bridget. I think it can happen!

Anonymous said...

We found one of your birthday balloons Suzanne. Not quite in West Scotland but we are both British and my partner comes from the West of Scotland! The message was 'I wish to be with Love Ones!! We are a long way from our love ones and like this wish a lot!! The Brits

moreidlethoughts said...

What a lovely idea! I do hope you get 30 responses, Suzanne.

suzanne cabrera said...

Dear Brits!!!!! Yay!!!!! Thank you so much for responding. A lovely wish indeed!

More Idle Thoughts : 30 would be amazing!!! But, perhaps I'm easy, because I'm thrilled with 1 response!

Lynne said...

Happy Birthday, Suzanne! This is such a great idea, and I am looking forward to seeing how many other balloons are found! What a creative, magical person you are!

San said...

What a wonderful idea!!!

I hope everyone answers.

Have a great new week.

no way said...

Hi Suzanne! I also wish I would have found one, but I'm guessing they won't make it this far (but I can hope!) I love the idea, and wanted to tell you that we did that same balloon launch thing at my elementary school when I was a kid. Every year the whole school sent off balloons, and one year someone found mine. It was a man in his 20's and he was from...Chicago. Oh well-it was still really exciting! I hope your balloon launch is every bit as exciting as mine was.

And PS-I thought of you yesterday. I am going to try really, really hard to do just a little tiny sketch every day this week. I miss drawing so much, and never seem to make it a priority. You're my inspiration!

jadeite said...

I love the idea, but too many balloons find their way to the sea and end up polluting our environment. Animals eat the brightly colored rubber, or the balloon tails, and die from it. Tails from balloons often get tangled in trees and power lines. While the idea is beautiful in reaching out to people across the world (or country, or state), I wish you'd found a more environmentally-friendly way to do it.

Unless you've used hand-tied biodegradable latex balloons without any tails of ribbon or string, in which case I applaud you :)

jadeite said...

Also, as a note for others who would like to try this, mass balloon releasing can be against the law in your state. Do get clearance before such events in order to avoid getting tangled with the law! The last thing you want at your kindergarten balloon release day is a couple of officers citing the teachers.

Another thing to be careful of is not to release the balloons near your local airport.

suzanne cabrera said...

Lynne, San, Becky--Thanks for your kind words!

Jadeite--Thanks for the reminders. Certainly something to give more thought to.

The Brits--Would you be so kind as to share where you found the balloon? An intersection close to the spot would be ideal as I'd like to make a little map.

Cheers to all...

MaryBeth said...

I, too, had concerns over the environmental impact of these releases, but, as it turns out, latex biodegrades just as quickly as an oak leaf. I'd like to see the research myself, but it seems legit.

http://www.balloonrelease.com/faqs.htm

suzanne cabrera said...

Thanks MaryBeth! This is what I found as well. Good to know....

Joan Y said...

Suzanne, you're such a beautiful spirit that I tear up feeling so grateful. You remind me that people are important in our lives and we should celebrate them and connect with others. Your message has been shared with someone far across the Pacific!! Thank you so much! :D

Anonymous said...

The Brits here - we live in Cross Vine Cove, The Point, Lake Jeanette. We were sitting on our back deck and the balloon came floating over and got stuck in a tree at the edge of the lake. We walked down to the lake but it was too high up! However the next morning your balloon was lying on the path right next to the lake....

cindy said...

such a wonderful idea! i wish you could do this virtually. i don't think they would make it to nyc!

suzanne cabrera said...

Cindy---

Consider them sent...virtually! And you are a recipient!

Shan Van said...

I just happened upon your blog, randomly! I can't even remember how I got here anymore :)

I LOVE this idea. I would love to do it at my wedding in August with all the guests writing a note and then releasing them all together in the evening at sunset! How beautiful and magical would that be?

I hope you get more responses!

Shannon
{a treasure finding, note writing kind of girl) :)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Oh, Suzanne, I've missed so much. LOVED these posts. LOVED them all.

Happy Birthday, my friend.

Rock Kyndl said...

A virtual balloon just landed between my ears, behind my eyes, and silently drifted down to my heart while I watched.

Another balloon (or the same one) blossomed from my heart and pollinated my brain's language center, causing me to write this.

Peace.

covetcat said...

In 1996, I had met a relly great guy and we had gone on a few dates. On Sunday morning I went out for a walk and of course, my thoughts were about him. I'm not overly religious but I did think to myself "It would be divine to receive some kind of sign if he is truly The One for me." At the next corner a slightly deflated mylar balloon reading "Congratulations" was bobbing on the sidewalk in front of me. I got chills!! He indeed was The One and we were married the next year! Still married today!

lilywanderlust said...

This is such a fantastic project! I can't wait to hear what responses you get from the balloon recipients.