I worried beforehand about the "Santa Claus" syndrome with this, that my children would ask if the balloons really got to Benjamin. (Hummer had already said that he thought Benjamin would pop his!) But a friend had wisely told me, "Just tell them the truth--the balloons will not get to heaven, but Benjamin will see them and know about them."
Exacto with balloons ~ Fluffy writing a note to Benjamin ~ special bracelets Jaime made for Benjamin's brothers
Hummer's note reads "H z noys and yoo r noys too" (H is nice and you are nice, too). :)
It was one of those days that seem too good for this earth. A celestial day.
There was a feeling of deep peace and joy. Someone suggested that we sing "I Am a Child of God" as the balloons lifted.
It was a beautiful gift from Father in Heaven that this tree was in full glory that day, just like the day of Benjamin's burial. I loved feeling close to that time again. I never would have expected that before going through this experience! To wish I could go back to that? Yes. That was the last time I saw his face and touched his soft head. I want to remember that vividly, and the sight of this magnificent tree was a blessing!
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
- Robert Frost
After the balloons were out of sight, the children enjoyed the leaves that were on the ground. It truly was a celebratory day.
A year since an angel joined our family! We love you, Benjamin! Stay close. . . .