Yesterday I posted a picture of 200 balloons being released at our church and decided to follow up with another balloon story.
We seldom go to movies but our (adult) daughters encouraged us to go see the movie UP. It has been years since I saw an animated feature film that I really liked (Beauty and the Beast) and the initial previews of UP did not interest me in the least. But the promise of 3-D glasses and a 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes convinced me to give it a try.
I was in tears before the end of the first 15 minutes of the movie. (the Becka rolls her eyes)
This story is written for all ages and is about love, loss, aging, hope, relationships and fulfilling dreams. Here is what I learned from the movie.
- Life is a series of happy and sad events
- Dreams can be fulfilled in ways we do not expect
- The past can tie us down
- Disposing of old baggage allows us to soar
- Our heroes may disappoint us
- Ordinary people can be heroes
- Those we have loved are always with us
- The old need the young
- The young need the old
btw... Anvil Cloud asked the question, "Are balloons bad for birds and the environment?" Apparently not.
About 95% of balloons released into the atmosphere rise to an altitude of approximately five miles. The temperature here is about -20 degrees. The balloons actually freeze in the jet-stream and become brittle before shattering in a state called "brittle fracture". What that means is that the balloon is reduced to pieces about the size of a ten cent piece, where they flutter back to earth to finish decomposing. There is no known and proven death of sea life attributed to natural, latex, balloons. This should not be confused with plastic which, unlike balloons, is not immediately 100% biodegradable. (source)