Shakespeare for Children

By Julianne Dalcanton | March 21, 2010 11:20 pm

A sad but true fact:

Receiving a balloon animal is only Act 1 of an inevitable three act tragedy.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Miscellany, Words
  • Mandeep

    Hmm — i can guess deflation is one of the sad latter acts, but am not sure of the other..

  • Humble reader

    Perhaps there was a failed toplogical sphere-torus transition,
    or a local transient inflationary event of the boundary followed
    by failed budding off of a new ballon-verse. Tragic indeed, but
    on the bright side 10^500 ballons ought to yield one robust enough
    to this sort of thing.

  • CW

    I like to think there is a magical island somewhere inhabitated with the balloons that have escaped the clutches of a child’s hand. Live free, balloons. And live well. *sniff sniff*

  • Todd

    A balloon artist once handed my then-young daughter a balloon creation with the words, “Remember, balloons are fleeting and ephemeral.” It was so great a line that we’ve probably repeated it to her and her siblings hundreds of times over the years since, and it’s become synonymous with balloon art for us.

  • Julianne

    “Remember, balloons are fleeting and ephemeral.”

    This is probably better than my usual “Remember, this will not end well.”

  • Alberto

    What a perfect tweet! You should tweet, Julianne! What’s your tweet handle?

  • Metre

    “Remember, balloons are fleeting and ephemeral.”

    In other words, an inflated balloon is a low entropy state, while a punctured, deflated balloon is a high entropy state, then remind the child about the 2nd Law. Surely kids will understand that?

  • PrettyFun

    As a professional entertainer, I’ve probably made five thousand balloons for kids, although that isn’t my primary role. Rather than tell them it’s “ephemeral” I usually advise “keep it away from anything sharp or hot.” However, I’m commenting to point out that there’s nothing “inevitable” about the last act being a tragedy. I learned quickly that balloons were not very durable toys, and came up with a solution: put a durable toy inside the balloon, that the child gets when the balloon pops. The most common one I use is a small rubber ‘fuzzy ball’ that’s more fun than the balloon.

  • Andrew

    prettyfun: you are destroying our dark sarcastic fun by bringing joy to children instead of inevitable balloon tragedy. bah.


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