Up, up and away!

27 July 2014

Flat Kathy lying down in the corn field and admiring the colourful balloons
Flat Kathy lying down in the corn field and admiring the colourful balloons

What an exciting day I’ve had!

After my long voyage across the Atlantic, I arrived in Paprika and Oregano’s mailbox safe and sound. I was so excited when Paprika opened the envelope and I got to stretch my legs.

And my friends looked so happy to see me again, that any anxiousness I had felt on my long journey, was dispelled in an instant. Even the kitties came over to have a sniff. I felt so welcome.

Paprika told me that I arrived just in time for the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning.

She suggested that I take a nap, because we were going to walk down to the airport where they launch the balloons. Although I was so excited that I didn’t think I would fall asleep, the jetlag must have caught up with me. I dozed for a long time.

When Oregano came home from work, we went for a long walk. It was beautiful. I even got to walk past a corn field.

Oregano and Paprika told me to look up and I saw 50 hot air balloons rising into the air. They were traveling towards Paprika and Oregano’s house so we started walking back that way.

We stopped a few times for some photos. My neck was getting a bit stiff from looking up all the time, so I took a break and laid down in the grass to watch all the beautiful colors hovering in the air above me.

A hot air balloon has landed in a street in our neighbourhood
A hot air balloon has landed in a street in our neighbourhood

As we approached Paprika and Oregano’s house, we saw that a balloon had landed in the street. People from the neighborhood came to see the balloon up close and take pictures.

The balloon is deflated, and rolled up into a small ball
The balloon is deflated, and rolled up into a small ball

Everyone was so cheerful and excited. Even though they’ve seen this many times before, Paprika and Oregano said they never get tired of seeing the balloons.

The balloons make a noise that sounds like a fire-breathing dragon. I’ve never actually met a fire-breathing dragon, but I imagine that’s what it would sound like if I met one.

Paprika took lots of pictures of me as the balloon was deflating.  Since I’m so delicately made out of paper, I was anxious to be around such a big flame, but Oregano kept me safe.

The big flame makes a noise like a roaring fire dragon!
The big flame makes a noise like a roaring fire dragon!

We got to watch them squeeze all the air out of the balloon and then roll it up. Can you believe that whole balloon fits in a big duffle bag? It weighs almost 200 pounds!

This is Flat Kathy's fan - she was thrilled to meet her!
This is Flat Kathy’s fan – she was thrilled to meet her!

While Paprika was taking my picture, people came up to us and asked to meet me. They were very interested in my travels. It was such a warm welcome.

One woman even wanted her picture taken with me. She made the sign language sign for “I love you” in the picture – can you see?

I felt like a celebrity.

The balloon festival lasts all weekend.

Tomorrow Paprika and Oregano’s friends are coming over. We’re hoping to see more balloons again.

 


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