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Topic: Anger (01/24/05)
TITLE: Leaky Red Balloon
By Bob Zoellner
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"I want a balloon."
"Yeah, a pretty red one! We had some left over from my birthday party."
"That was three weeks ago. I don't think we have any more."
"Yes we do, I saw where mommy put them."
"You did, did you? Okay, I'll blow up a balloon for you."
"Remember, I want a pretty red one. Just don't make it break, that scares me."
"Oh, I won't make it break."
"What makes it break daddy?"
"Well, when you keep blowing air into it, it keeps growing bigger. If you don't stop, pretty soon the air has no where to go, so it pops."
"And that scares me."
"Why's that, honey?"
" 'Cause it's loud!"
"Yes it is."
"But my balloons from the party popped, too. And nobody was blowing into them."
"That's because your Uncle Frankie thought he'd be funny and he made them break."
"How'd he do that?"
"He got a safety pin from mommy's sewing kit and poked it into the balloon."
"But why did it pop? He wasn't blowing into it, so it didn't have too much air."
"But it had enough inside already, so when Uncle Frankie poked it, the air had to go somewhere. The easy way was for it to all come out at once, so it blew apart the balloon to escape."
"Then I don't want a balloon anymore. When it breaks it scares me, and it's going to break no matter what."
"Well, that could happen, honey, but if you play carefully to keep it away from anything sharp, you should be okay."
"But what if you blow it up too big?"
"Then I'll carefully let some air out out so it doesn't explode from too much inside."
"Okay, but what if I do make it touch something sharp on the outside?"
"Well, just do your best to keep it away from those things. Plus, if I don't put too much air in the balloon - you know, let some air leak out and keep it kind of soft - it's harder to break from the outside, too."
"So, a leaky balloon is better?"
"I guess you could say that."
"Daddy, I have one more question."
"Why do you get so mad all the time? You're not a leaky balloon, are you?"
"A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control." (Proverbs 29:11 NIV)
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