Balloon Launch

In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, the United Way in our area sponsored a Balloon Launch. A community event to commemorate the day and “promote safe and positive interactions for those affected by Autism.” The event began with greetings from a couple of the United Way’s local leaders and also a mom who attested to the impact that the org is making in our community. There was also a brief speaker from the local Autism Society. Balloons were passed out. I brought a Sharpie along because I wanted to write a few things on ours. There was a countdown…..followed by 100 light blue balloons heading skyward. It was a beautiful site! All these people together…..participating in a moment of support, acceptance, love, and solidarity. Commitment to the cause that is Autism for each person’s individual reasons. I repeat…..it was a beautiful site!

Cannon began struggling with the environment immediately. Whether it was the amount of people, exhaustion, water on the ground from the sprinklers (his current fear), or something else…..he did not want to be very close to the action. I was able to keep him nearby for the important part by bribing him with a favorite snack…..rice cakes. But most of the rest of the time, he just continually took off. Anyhow, it was a fun, short event that ended with the opportunity to chat with other parents, blow bubbles, hug or high 5 the United Way Bear, and climb on a fire truck. We are very grateful for the United Way’s presence and efforts to better our community for those with disabilities! Now, enjoy a few pics from this great event……

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