Fire in the Grey Skies

03 Feb
Today's hot air balloon.

Today’s hot air balloon.

One of the events that always causes a stir in this family is the appearance of hot air balloons.

Imagine this scenario. Contented play defines the household. (I can’t say peace, because that’s not always accurate.) All the younger children are up, a few of the older teenagers too; several teenagers remain in bed, sneaking a few more moments of the typical teenager’s favourite activity.


—someone yells, “Hot air balloon!”

Cue a mad, excited rush to the windows, to the front door—kids piling over one another to see and exclaim over the hot air balloon.

That’s typical here. When there’s a hot air balloon, at least.

Early today, I opened the window next to my desk to allow the cool breezes entrance. My chair doesn’t face the window, so I saw nothing. Until I heard a very familiar roar…

Fire in the grey skies.

The hot air balloon was close. Very close. Apparently it had already drifted over the house without the little kids spotting it. (Maybe its vector hid it behind the house. I don’t know.) But yes, the above scenario occurred. This time, the younger children even went to the extreme of heading outside into the cold to talk to the balloonists, who were actually in speaking range. The predominant theme of their conversation can be summed up in two phrases: “Hello!” and “Can you please land in our section?”

No, the balloon did not land in our section. I think it would be the highlight of the year for those little kids if one did.

What sort of occurrence causes a stir among your family members?


(P.S. The roar, and the fire in the grey skies, is from the balloonists launching a spurt of flame into the balloon to give it more hot air and thereby more lift. Just if you’re not familiar with hot air balloons. :P )


Posted by on February 3, 2015 in Friends and Family, Randomness


6 responses to “Fire in the Grey Skies

  1. sarahtps

    February 3, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Coolness. Hot air balloons are awesome.
    We never see hot air balloons here, but if someone spots a deer or a hawk or some other animal of interest in the backyard, she’ll usually call everyone else to come see too.

    • Matthew

      February 3, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Especially to little kids.

      Really? They’re almost common where we live. Not so deer, especially not wild deer, but there is a herd of deer a ways down the road from our church. Hawks—we see hawks more often than deer. I notice your answer has a definite American flavour.

      • sarahtps

        February 4, 2015 at 2:26 am

        Heh. I got that impression from your post.
        Hawks are more common than deer here as well, though we don’t see either all that often- maybe once every few months. Once a month if we’re lucky.

  2. Bessie Lark

    February 3, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    There’s a cemetery/funeral home on our street, so when we were younger the big thing for us was watching funerals drive by. =D

    • Matthew

      February 3, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Wow. Interesting. That’s definitely not common for us; I think I’ve seen two funerals at any place in my life, and neither of them went by our house. One was the only one I’ve attended.

  3. Matthew Mischewski

    February 4, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Heh, that would’ve been cool. We actually haven’t seen a balloon near our place in ages but I think there would be similar excitement at our place if we did.

    On deer and hawks, our neighbors near to us have some deer and so I’ve managed to get quite close up to them. And hawks are very common here as well.

    On funerals, I’ve only ever been to one, and that was a funeral of a person that neither I nor any of my family knew. :P


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