Tonight we were at an outdoor concert ("Blues, Brews and BBQ"). The kids all got their faces painted and a balloon tied to their wrists (both were free- you can tell by the quality of the "baseball" on Jonas's face). Jon pointed out to the kids a red balloon flying way up high in the sky. Jonas was fascinated by it, looked at the red balloon tied to his wrist and said "Mommy- I want my balloon go up too!" (He has suddenly started to speak in complete sentences!) I spent the next few minutes explaining to him that his balloon was going to go bye-bye. He seemed excited about it, so I took the balloon off his wrist and he let it go. He was totally elated and watched the balloon until he couldn't see it anymore yelling "bye-bye balloon" over and over. Seth and Maryn still had their balloons but Jonas didn't care that he didn't have one anymore.
In complete contrast to Jonas's excitement- Seth completely fell apart crying and saying "He should have just given his balloon to me! Can we go back and get him another red balloon?" He was totally distraught for the rest of the evening, crying and saying things like "I wish balloons would never pop. How does the helium get out of the balloon anyway? Is that balloon going to go all the way up to outer space? Is it going to get to heaven?"
caution and control-----curiosity and adventure