The Yellow Balloon Returns
Almost exactly two months ago, on Oct. 15th, 2015, I lay in my bed crying. It was the annual "Wave of Light", a world-wide day of remembrance for babies who have passed away. My angel candle was softly flickering next to me as I thought about our sweet Callie and how much I missed her. She would be three now. Whenever I meet a three year old, I can't help but wonder to myself what it would be like. How tall would she be? What would she like to do? What would her voice sound like??? I looked across the room to a photo of her, to the little bronze statue of her hand, and to our Callie Bear and longed to be able to know her more.
As my questions started to fade away (they're always there), I was eventually able to bring myself to pick up my phone to check my email as a distraction. There, in my inbox, was an email with the subject line "My Yellow Balloon". (If you are new here, please read this first!). I smiled through the tears as I opened the email, knowing before I even read it that Callie was somehow, someway saying hello. Here's how it began:
My name is Tiffany Papageorge. I am the author of a children’s book called My Yellow Balloon that is about the dimension and transformation that comes to us all from living and feeling our way through the process of loss. I originally wrote it in the 9th grade for an English assignment. It has been quite a journey over many long years but I was finally able to publish it last October. I had no idea when I published it how it would affect not only children but teens, adults, and seniors. It has been such a beautiful, touching, humbling experience.You can check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/My-Yellow-Balloon-Tiffany-Papageorge/dp/0990337006The reason I am writing to you is that I am in the midst of answering questions for an interview article and the author of the article shared your blog about the yellow balloon. I read it and had chills. I just had to make contact with you and ask if there is a way I could send you a copy of my book for you and your family? The only thing I would like to ask (and it isn’t conditional based upon this request) is that I might be able to speak with you on the phone and be able to give you, from my heart, the director’s cut, if you will. Either way though, I would love to send you my book.You have touched my heart with your story. I am so sorry about the loss of your beautiful baby Callie Marie. I am also so very happy for the birth of your beautiful Charlotte Grace. God bless you and your beautiful family.Warmly,Tiffany