One day, when I was a very young child, I had a really large balloon. I was skipping through the yard, when it slipped from my hand. My balloon popped as soon as it touched the wet grass. The loud popping sound frightened me, and the loss of the balloon I had just blown up disappointed me. I ran screaming and crying into the house. Having said that, balloons bring children lots of joy.
I do not ever remember attending a birthday party where there were no balloons. My friends and I often would gently bat them like balls, trying to keep them in the air as long as possible. I recall my daughter’s 9th birthday party, where we had about 30 balloons taped on the wall. At the end of the evening all the children were laughing gleefully as they grabbed multiple balloons to take home.
My husband once worked for a hotel chain, where balloons were left over after banquets. Employees were allowed to take them home. Our children eagerly looked forward to the balloons. After playing with them a while, they would let the go high into the sky, saying they were sending balloons to Jesus. The balloons went up so far we could not see them any more.
Not only do balloons make us feel good, they are also good for us. The medical community acknowledges that blowing up balloons is an excellent natural remedy, that can help decrease symptoms of bronchitis and asthma.
I recall being given a balloon like devise to blow into when my left lung collapsed in 1975. I was told this would strengthen my lungs so they would work properly. Surgery patients are often given those same apparatuses, in order to prevent pneumonia. Children with severe asthma are often unable to blow balloons because their airways are swollen.
Studies have shown that blowing balloons will increase the lungs capacity to absorb oxygen, and expel carbon dioxide. Make sure you have good reliable balloons. I can remember times. when practically every balloon in a bag would not blow up. I became so exhausted huffing and puffing for naught.