Balloons Bring Out the Best in People

I was sitting in Union Square, finishing up this GREAT new book, which now joins my favorite books of all time list, Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman, when this girl sat down, struggling and arranging a bunch of balloons.


I couldn’t really tell what she was doing with them, but when this man came by with his two daughters and the little one took an interest in the balloons she immediately gave her one. Then, when her big sister noticed the balloons she gave her one too.

THEN, some of the balloons got away from her and she didn’t see because her view was blocked by other balloons, and within seconds they’d already floated away too high for me, but the tall guy next to me immediately jumped up and got them for her. I didn’t get a picture because I was busy watching with relief and admiration.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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