you know how hospitals have this long tradition of taking a patient being released from the hospital to their car at the curb side in a wheel chair ?

i had occasion to walk through the area where those staff members leave the wheel chair after the patient leaves and saw these balloons still tied to the back of one of the wheel chairs.

“who leaves their balloons behind ?”, was the question that popped into my mind as i snapped this shot. then, i had a conversation with myself in my mind exploring the possibilities. “a person who is dying. or, a person who has a cat at home and they didn’t want the cat to play with the balloon. no, that’s not it. it has to be someone who is dying. or, it could be a young couple and they just had a baby and they were so excited they forgot about the balloons ! yes, that’s it ! no, that’s like when my parents used to tell me that the ambulance i saw was a woman having a baby. it’s a person who is dying.”


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a penny for your thoughts?

Elaine Hancockreply
May 31, 2018 at 8:40 pm

Every image that we see has a story. My dog is afraid of balloons so I would have left them at the hospital!

Michael Rawlukreply
May 31, 2018 at 10:09 pm

I would have made sure they went somewhere that they couldn’t escape into the wild. Dangerous things for birds and animals that try to eat them after they are deflated.

May 31, 2018 at 11:06 pm

Balloons are hopeful so, I imagine it’s someone in a hurry to get home to see their dog . . . and other family members. 😉

Elizabeth Buckalewreply
May 31, 2018 at 11:10 pm

It makes a good story!

May 31, 2018 at 11:50 pm

Superbe ballons rouge et blanc quel effet et vue

June 1, 2018 at 12:31 am

That’s quite a thought, sherri

Martine Liboutonreply
June 1, 2018 at 3:58 am

Une très belle photo !!! Suis allergique au latex… pas de ballon pour moi!

June 1, 2018 at 4:47 am

They could just have had a surfeit of them and left a couple for someone else of course 🙂

June 1, 2018 at 5:53 am

Just perhaps a child who had balloons in his hand and left those for the chai which stay in the hospital… to be happy too….

June 1, 2018 at 6:21 am

C’est tout beau Sherri, superbe! Bise, bon week-end tout en douceur!

Elaine Kreply
June 1, 2018 at 7:22 am

pink balloons for someone who is dying? naw, it was someone with a baby 🙂 i love this picture.

Barbara Thomasreply
June 1, 2018 at 7:35 am

I like the cat idea. Mine would probably pop them right away.

June 1, 2018 at 10:55 am

Nice photo together with a good story.

June 1, 2018 at 7:49 pm

you have too much time on your hands if you can run through all those scenarios, especially since you will never know. unless, of course, you are a novelist working on your next plot.

By Mariereply
June 2, 2018 at 2:47 am

Lovely balloons and nice history

June 2, 2018 at 1:38 pm

Superb with this vintage look and design…

June 3, 2018 at 11:37 pm

what a great photo it made.
Gee whiz, it does make sense that it could be someone who is dying. But I don’t know that I want it to end that way. Now you have me wondering.

June 4, 2018 at 1:28 pm

Hopefully they were left behind to lift the spirits of a future patient!

Ana Lúciareply
June 9, 2018 at 7:40 am


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