guerrilla goodness: when everything goes wrong…

August 1, 2011

It was part of a 3 mission marathon, a simple one- give balloons away to kids at various parks… Who doesn’t love balloons? This one was suggested to us but I must have picked the worst possible day to try. The heat index was like 110. We went to pick up balloons right before lunch when everyone was a tad grouchy and hungry.

We didn’t realize that taking the balloons from the cool store to the hot car would make them pop…24 balloons, it was a sea of color with little faces here and there, then they started to pop, so very loudly. *sigh*

I made these little cards to attach which was great but then made the strings all tangled when we tried to give them out.

We kept pressing on, we lost a few until Lyra figured out you can’t let go. When we finally got to the previously packed park, it was almost empty. Just 2 families were there but we decided we should try anyway…and then to my utter disbelief, the school age kids had absolutely no interest in the balloons. They didn’t want them.

A kind mom saw Lyra’s dejected face and prompted the kids to change their minds but we were okay. Kindness is meant for those who need and want it, it’s okay to not need or want it. Still, it is quite the buzzkill, so the only thing to do was to go get a slurpee- it just happened to be free slurpee day- lick our wounds and strangely colored ice and head home to the old tried and true- our neighborhood park.

We found our good friend G, a toddler and all around good guy. He was thrilled with a red balloon. Someone else accidentally let one go but it strangely delighted everyone. SO it became a balloon release, and we hope the little kindness cards attached found some other dear soul, and not the birds- the eco-girl in me was trying to be cool with it all…because sometimes nothing goes right and everything goes wrong…and you have to let it be and get up tomorrow and try again.

because kindness is worth it.


4 Responses to “guerrilla goodness: when everything goes wrong…”

  1. Tess Says:

    Don’t give up on balloons….
    Wait until a cooler day and take some to a local nursing home. The older folks will love them!

    Plus they will love getting them from your children.

    (I used to own a balloon store, so I’m speaking from experience.)

  2. Melinda Says:

    I totally appreciated this post. I find myself struggling with this sometimes. It is so easy to get down on yourself, but it is not about us, it is about the greater good we are doing. I love what you do, you inspire me with each post. Thank you.

  3. Kelly V. Says:

    I love this!! I think it’s great that you tried and don’t let one bad day discourage you. I absolutely love your stories – keep it up!

  4. Kim Says:

    The kindness was in your heart and your actions, that is what makes it so great, even when balloons pop and people don’t want them. Hurrah!

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