It Just Floated In

Today’s my birthday.
Yesterday morning, as is our custom, Nancy and I walked out to the far end of the farm to feed the chickens and the compost pile and to play catch with the dog. I saw something unusual across a field and asked, “What’s that shiny thing?”
We investigated and found that it was a foil balloon filled with helium and printed with “Happy Birthday” in royal blue against a colorful background. It was just lying there looking lost.
Nancy brought it in and tied it to my chair and it immediately perked up and stretched its string to the limit. It’s still here above my right shoulder now.

Author: Michael Swaine

Michael Swaine is a writer and editor. He helped launch the first personal computer newsweekly, InfoWorld. He co-authored Fire in the Valley, the seminal tech history book on which the movie Pirates of Silicon Valley was based. He was editor-in-chief of Dr. Dobb’s Journal and has written for and edited several other magazines. His latest creation is PragPub for The Pragmatic Programmers. He and his partner Nancy Groth own Summer Jo’s, an organic farm, restaurant, and bakery in Grants Pass, Oregon.