FFfAW – Many Balloons


We didn't have much money. Our lives consisted of rubbing two nickels together just to survive. But, we were happy.

Before my birthday came, I knew there wouldn't be any fancy fanfare and I was perfectly okay with that because we were together.

On the day of my birthday, you filled our home with colorful balloons and happiness consumed me.

Even my car was filled with beautiful colorful balloons. You gave me joy for my birthday.

All because of you and a package of balloons, this was the best day ever! … Except for the day that you were born.


This is my submission for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers Challenge. For this challenge, we are given approximately 75-175 words and a photo prompt in which we use to build our stories. The challenge is open to anyone who wishes to participate. For more information, please click here.

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69 thoughts on “FFfAW – Many Balloons

  1. Oh, I love it! I reread it just because it was so sweet, and I got some really nice images from it the seconds time (I like to imagine in pictures as I read, I don’t know if other people do that) just because I then knew who the ‘we’ were. Were? Was? Is?
    Very nice.

  2. I avoid using the words “beautiful” or “lovely” in my comments. I like to share my feelings and here I can feel an atmosphere of mirth and happiness πŸ™‚
    I like reading it πŸ™‚

  3. A lovely story, PJ. That it’s her child she’s sharing her penniless but happy life with works so much better than if it was a lover. And the gift of joy is worth more than the most expensive of presents. πŸ™‚
    I’ve just had a look at some of the other comments and that this is actually based on a true story makes it even better. πŸ˜€

  4. Ah! I hope you will send a copy of this one to your daughter. 15 year olds are often so involved in their own lives that they can’t take time for much else. A memory to carry forever – longer than a balloon can last.

  5. This is wonderful, brought back memories of the times we did just that for the boys. A house full of balloons, they loved it. Sorry, I didn’t get to participate this time. I was involved with another FF project that went live on Tuesday. I’ll try the next one though!

  6. I was so very touched reading this story, PJ. Personal stories are always so much more poignant – and your story reaches out to all mothers. The happiness of the day stands out above all else.

  7. Very clever…wonderful story. I like your upbeat take on this photo!!!

    I am linking you to a 3 Day Quote Challenge I thought you might enjoy. Here’s the link -https://onceuponahotflash.wordpress.com/2015/08/22/three-day-quote-challenge-day-1/

  8. Such a simple joy balloons. I remember a friend of mine told me about how they filled a bride and grooms hotel bathroom with balloons… leaving one balloon on the bed to let them know someone had gotten in to their room… Perhaps it was not fun for them when the got back later in the evening and needed to use the ‘powder room’, or later that same morning when they pulled the shower curtain aside and more balloons were in the shower below the curtain rod. At least they laugh about that memory now.

    Thanks for visiting the fourth room. I am having fun with the series. ~Jules

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