It’s a big week for me. I’m celebrating my 55th birthday. I am very happy and grateful for all of my family and friends, and one in particular, my beautiful friend Bree, the kindest person I know. Despite dealing with pain from a recent surgery, she and her two girls went to multiple stores to find helium balloons and deliver them to the party because I asked for them. Balloons make me happy.
And they are the last balloons I will ever ask for.
Did you know that there is a world-wide helium shortage? Helium, although abundant in the universe is difficult to find and harvest on Earth. In addition to balloons and making our voices squeaky, helium is a component of medical and aerospace technology, and electronics. From now on, if I want a balloon, I’m going to have to have to rely on lung power. The other reason to eschew balloons is that they are tough on the environment. Like plastic, they are not biodegradable and can kill wildlife who find and eat them.
You know what is biodegradable? CAKE!
The cake was delicious. Two of my guests helped me by cutting and serving the cake and one of them gave me a BIG piece. I managed to eat it all and I’m glad I did because a funny thing happened on the way home from the party. I live in an apartment and use a wheeled cart to bring groceries and stuff in from the parking lot. I had gifts in it, but the box with the leftover cake would’t fit. It sat on top. I had the balloons firmly in hand, as they whipped in the wind. I was doing fine until I got to the curb. Was it the wind? Was it my foot? I don’t know. But the box flew and landed on it’s side. The leftovers were piled against the tire of a neighbor’s car. Sigh. But I’m not mad about it. Everyone who wanted cake, got it. Some of it went home with guests. And there’s always more cake to be had – Just like birthdays!
PS: It rained in the night which washed away the evidence. #gratitude!
For more reading:
- Balloons Blow – Information about the environmental impact of balloons
- California laws regulating balloons
- The worldwide helium shortage affects everything from MRIs to rockets — here’s why:
- Helium is in short supply, hitting balloons and scientific research