So - we were in Lowes. We were walking around talking and looking for our new lighting fixtures.
All three children were running wildly and each had a balloon on their wrist.
Big Sister's balloon went floating to the ceiling
There was a terrible pause
a look of horror exchanged by all
Little Sister started to RIP her balloon off of her own hand as if it was burning.
"You can have mine! You can have mine! I didn't even want it anyway!"
Once again a pause
and then I said,
and Big Sister and I turn to one another and I say
"she loves you so much"
and Big Sister and I both burst into tears
and Big Sister took Little Sister into her arms
yes right there
with our Daddy running wildly around with a borrowed broomstick trying in vain to get the balloon back
and Baby Brother doing his best to take flight off of a lighting display
and Mommy crying her eyes out taking pictures
We forgot all about the balloon and went home together