Faith had a yellow balloon. It was her favourite balloon because it was yellow. Everywhere she went, she carried her yellow balloon.
She took it to the shops with Mummy. When she went to Granny and Grandpa, along came her yellow balloon. When she went for a walk with Penny the dog, she carried her yellow balloon. Faith could not remember when she got it, and it felt like she had always had her yellow balloon.
One day, Faith and Daddy took Penny for a walk to the park. Faith brought her yellow balloon of course.
It got windier and windier and even windier. Penny ran off after a squirrel, and Daddy chased her. Faith was swept up by a gust of wind, still holding tight to her yellow balloon.
The wind lifted her up, up, up. She floated over Daddy. She swooped over the houses in town.
She soared over the sea. Faith and her yellow balloon flew all the way to the moon! It was beautiful up in space, and the Earth looked tiny.
“Wow! This is the greatest adventure ever, isn’t it, yellow balloon?”
After a while she got scared and wanted to go back home.
The yellow balloon carried her back down to the park safely. When she landed, Daddy was still there with Penny, looking for her.
“Where were you, Faith?” Asked Daddy. “I was looking for you everywhere!”
Daddy was upset because he thought that Faith had got lost.
“I was ok Daddy. My yellow balloon flew me all the way to the moon.”
Daddy looked at her and laughed.
“Ok darling, but please don’t run away again. I was very worried that you were lost or hurt.”
“Sorry Daddy.” Faith replied.
She took Daddy’s hand and they walked back home. Penny walked beside them, and the yellow balloon was in her other hand.
Suddenly another gust of wind swept the string out of Faith’s hand, and before she knew what was happening, the yellow balloon went flying off. She tried to chase after it, but she couldn’t fly. It flew over the road, over the houses and far away.
“No! Come back!” Faith shouted.
But the yellow balloon did not come back.
Faith cried and cried. She had never been so sad in her life.
“I want my yellow balloon back!” She cried, all the way home.
“I want my yellow balloon back now!” She sobbed in the back garden while Penny looked at her sadly.
“Why doesn’t my yellow balloon come back?” She asked Mummy at dinner time.
‘I’m so sorry, darling. The balloon has gone away now. We can’t ever get it back again.”
“That’s not fair!” Shouted Faith.
Faith went to bed very sad that night. She missed her yellow balloon. Things did not feel right without it. She was still the same Faith, but just a bit sadder.
That night, she could not sleep. It was very late. She looked out of her bedroom window. The moon was big and bright. Then, Faith saw her yellow balloon! It was on the moon. She could just make it out, a tiny yellow dot ever so far away. She had excellent eyesight.
“So that’s where you went.” She whispered into the night sky.
“I miss you yellow balloon.”
Faith climbed back into to bed. She knew that her yellow balloon would never come back now. But, she just knew that it was safe, up on the moon.
She yawned and fell asleep. In her dream, her visited the moon and her yellow balloon, and that made her feel happy.
The next morning, Faith woke up and looked around her room for her yellow balloon. Then she remembered that it was gone forever. She felt sad all over again.
“I feel sad Mummy, I miss yellow balloon.” She told her mum at breakfast.
“I know Faith I’m sorry. I know what, why don’t I buy you another yellow balloon? Will that help?” Asked Mummy.
“No thanks, I want my yellow balloon, not another one.” Sighed Faith as she ate her toast.
Daddy drank his cup of tea and thought.Penny looked at Faith’s toast and wished that she could have some.
“Why don’t you draw a picture of you holding your yellow balloon?” He asked. “I know that you love drawing.”
Faith chewed her toast and had a drink of orange juice.
“Ok Daddy, I will.”
After breakfast, Faith went and sat in the garden with her crayons and some paper. Penny came too, and lay down next to her feet.
She drew a picture of her and yellow balloon standing on the moon, because that is where they had their greatest adventure. Penny had a nap and dreamed of squirrels.
When she had finished her drawing, Faith showed Mummy and Daddy.
“Oh, that’s beautiful darling, well done.” Smiled Daddy.
“What an artist!” Agreed Mummy. “Would you like to put it up in your room?”
“Yes please.” Replied Faith.
So Mummy put the drawing of Faith and her yellow balloon up in her room. Whenever she felt sad, Faith would look at it and remember her greatest adventure with her beautiful yellow balloon.
Dedicated to my niece Lara, who loves yellow balloons.
And my baby son Samuel, who is my little yellow balloon in Heaven. ❤