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Sending a balloon to my dad in Heaven for one dollar and fifteen cents, plus tax

A balloon filled with helium costs one dollar, plus tax, at the party store. For an extra fifteen cents, for ultra high-float, the balloon will stay in the air twenty-four hours instead of eight hours. The extra sixteen hours should help it get to my dad in Heaven before it deflates.

a balloon for my dad in heaven

A balloon with a message tied to the end of the string.

In Heaven there is a special door that opens every night around midnight to collect all of the balloons with messages that are sent to people in Heaven.

The door to Heaven is guarded by two angels. The guards make sure only balloons come in, no birds or airplanes. Then the balloons are held in a room with all white walls, the colors of the balloons reflecting like rainbows on the walls. The walls are as tall and as wide as the red wood trees along the coast in Santa Cruz, California.

Each balloon is hand-delivered to each person in Heaven, by an angel.

The last time my dad received a balloon was in 1998, the year he died. My oldest daughter was four. She wanted to send a message to her grandpa. It was her idea.

I don’t remember what she said on her note. But she wrote the note herself, attached it to a blue balloon, and released the balloon on a day with a clear blue sky. We watched the balloon rise, until we couldn’t see it anymore.

Today, I wrote a note to my dad. I wrote the note myself, attached it to a blue balloon, and then released the balloon on a day with a clear blue sky. I watched the balloon rise, until I couldn’t see it anymore.

Sending a balloon to my dad in heaven

Tonight, at midnight, the door to Heaven will open. And, my little blue balloon from Pennsylvania will float into the white room with walls as tall and as wide as the red wood trees in Santa Cruz, California. The little blue balloon will reflect on the white walls with all the other balloons, making a rainbow.

In the early hours of the morning, the balloon will be taken to my dad by an angel.

And, he will read what I wish I had said to him before he died.


All my best,

Love Pamela

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About Pamela Hodges

I write slice of life stories to help you know you are loved, valuable and worthy just as you are. I am a writer, an artist, and a cleaner of seven litter boxes. I live in Pennsylvania with one husband, four cats, one dog and two birds.

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  • La McCoy

    Lovely Idea. Thank you.

  • Beautiful Pamela. Some of us send balloons and some of us sit in a counselor’s office and talk to their loved ones as if they occupied a chair. Healing is done in many ways. Last week I said some things to my mom through many tears. Tomorrow I’ll pick up where I left off. And when I’m done, I’ll say goodbye. Sixteen is too young to lose a mom.

    • Oh Anne,
      Sixteen is way too young to lose a mother. I am so sorry for your loss.
      Sending you hugs and prayers for peace and joy.

  • Stacey Shubitz

    I never, in a million years, would’ve thought of sending a balloon up to heaven with the words I wanted to say to someone dear, who I missed, until I read it in your post. This is so beautiful, Pamela.

    I’m sure your dad is going to appreciate your words when he gets the message.

    • Hello Stacey,
      Thank you for your kind words.
      I wonder if he got the balloon?

  • Krithika Rangarajan

    Oh dear – are you going to make me cry every day?! #HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    I can see your dad beaming with love and pride right now because he couldn’t have asked for a better daughter <3

    OODLES of love

    • Hello Kitto,
      I don’t want to make you cry every day. Here is a hug for you. xoxoxo

  • Lovely post. Somehow I picture the practical joker in my Dad sneaking into that heavenly balloon room and sucking some helium from a balloon and then talking to one of the angels!

  • Berdeane Bodley

    What a unique idea, your Dad will be so pleased……….I love you……..Mom

  • JeNan Merrill

    Such a beautiful story! I am sure your dad got the message.

  • Amy Rudd

    This is a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story of you and your daughter and reaching out to your dad in heaven…I’ve been thinking about you lately and findit ironic that you commented on my blog just yesterday. I want you to know what an Impact your stories have made on me! Thank you for writing them and not being afraid to tell the truth. It’s a gift that you truly own this.

    • Hello Amy,
      So nice to see you here. How is your son? You must be so proud of him getting all of his patches in Cub Scouts.
      Thank you for encouraging me with my writing. Telling the truth sometimes make feel like I am naked in the middle of my street. But in the end, I hope my vulnerability helps someone else.

  • Deborah Bussewitz

    I love this idea of sending a message to someone loved who has passed. How nice that you did what your daughter did. I am sorry for your loss. Love never dies.

    • Hello Deborah,
      Yes, love never dies. Thank you for your kind message.

  • Erin Gordon

    I love your slice. It’s so comforting to imagine our messages to our lived ones who aren’t with us any more can float to where they are and be delivered right to them. Thank you.

    • Thank you Erin,
      I wonder how many balloons get sent to heaven every day? Maybe that is how rainbows get made.