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Balloons Are Precious

While on a mission trip in Burkina Faso we gave away some balloons to some of the children who were in the local area where we were working.

All the children were clearly absolutely delighted to have something that they saw as very valuable.

I watched the attitude of different children towards the balloons and observed an incredible variety of reactions. Some took the balloon away by themselves and protected it; trying to preserve it from the inevitable end of all balloons; either it would pop or gradually deflate. Others played with it by themselves; however the group who got the most pleasure from that inflated piece of rubber were the ones who played games with other children. Inevitably the balloon eventually popped but huge fun was had in the meantime.

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