John’s sisters provided the definitive balloons when we celebrated his September birthday in June. He would be 80 years old.
He posed with them when we brought them home.
Meanwhile, he kept explaining that he was counting his age backward from age 70. Grandsons David and Nathaniel were told that when he reaches two, they should push him around in a wheelchair like he pushed them in a stroller. John is now 11 years old. When the balloons could no longer support themselves, I hung them from the mantel. We would keep them on display until the birthday was over. I noticed them when we came home from church and asked John to pose with them. There, for everyone to see, the balloons were declaring his shrunken age – ELEVEN!!