I loved helium filled balloons. Once when I lost one just like in the cartoon above, my dad made it all better by buying me a bunch of them for my birthday. My friends and I played with them in the house during the party, but I was too selfish to let them each take one home. They were mine. My dad was disappointed in me for keeping them all and told me so. The next morning, as if a comeuppance was due, the once beautiful balloons were deflated and dulled, and had fallen halfway to the floor. I guess the helium leaked out over night -- but still, it was a lesson. Some things are just meant to be shared.