The land of balloons

Couldn’t resist this prompt. Reminded me of a well-loved film.


He took a crayon from the pot and drew a red balloon, and at the end of the long string, he drew himself.

The master crumpled up the paper and tossed it in the bin angrily, but later, after school, the child met his friend on the corner, and in her hand she held the strings of two balloons, a red and a blue.

She smiled, handed him the red one, and together they drifted away, over the rooftops of the unkind city to the place where balloons and children fly free.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

24 thoughts on “The land of balloons”

  1. Reminds of a teacher who told me I couldn’t have both the sun and the moon in one picture, it’s impossible and wrong and he also told me I can’t colour my fish blue. The fool!! I’m going out tomorrow to buy a balloon. And I’ll play with my marbles if I like. Bought a toy train that went round and round. One friend understood and asked where I got it, he wanted one as well. So there.

    1. Those teachers are still around. My youngest got a big red cross through her picture of a chicken because she’d given it teeth. She said it was supposed to be an angry chicken.
      A toy train! Good one. We have boxes of husband’s cars, trains, traction engines, wind up chickens, meccano that he never let the kids play with in case they broke them. To be fair, he put them all away after one of other of them destroyed his favourite lorry with a crane on it…

      1. Nice to find a kindred spirit where these things are concerned. It’s important. I was surprised at the vehemence with which I defended myself.

      2. She also had a thing about having lots of sunshines in the sky. That was a no-no too. Funny how teachers seem to treat children’s art as if it”s art school art. Did no one ever explain that children ‘express’ themselves through images? A sky full of suns means the child values happiness. She maybe doesn’t feel happy, she maybe does, but she knows what it means. Adults can be so thick!

      3. ”art school art” – if they told me I wasn’t allowed both a sun and a moon in one painting and that I may not paint my fishes blue I’d have asked my money back! Some teachers are real autocrats.

  2. The impulse of those who think they know everything to “correct” a vision is neverending. But that’s why they will never get to fly. (K)

  3. You tell a story that is charming, sad, and promising. The theme of freedom from cruel normalcy is a fetching one. I’d like a balloon, please.

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