The Balloon Story

Posted by Saumya Srivastava
April 11, 2017

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A newly wed couple came to the US for a short period of time. During their early purchases to set up their apartment they got a red colored helium balloon. They placed it right in the center of a wooden framed table, which was the only piece of furniture they had at that point of time.

The balloon stood straight and enlightened the room much to the couple’s delight. As the time passed on, the gas in the balloon began to leak, forcing it to drop to the ground. Even though it tried its best to stand on its feet but the gas in it was not supporting its weight.

Soon the couple got a new balloon and the wife replaced the old one with the new one. Once again the new balloon added grace to the room while the old one was kept aside by her, ready to be thrown in the trash the next day.

The next morning, to her surprise she saw that the old balloon is taped to the new one and is trying hard to stand up with the support. She immediately turned to her husband who had a lovely smile on his face. Before she could question he said, “See this young man supported this old fellow to stand. This old chap served us for past four months, I cant just let it go because a new one has come.”

She giggled and said “Oh! So it is like father and son?” to which he nodded.

“But the old one is dragging the new one down because of which the new one cannot stand absolutely straight”, the wife persisted.

The husband replied with a solemn face  “A son could always bend but never let his father fall.”

For the people who have still not guessed the above-mentioned couple – it was we. People still ask me why I chose him despite him begin of a different faith, but when things like these happen, I can’t help but thank God to have made the right choice.

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