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Guest Blogger- Suzanne- in Response to Balloon Seller Man Post

I love the dialogue and exchange the blog posts evoke.

From my friend Suzanne in an email Saturday morning…

Ruthie — your blog post today was great!  Reminded me of a photo I took in Oaxaca — hard to figure out how they don’t float away!

So I wrote to Suzanne and invited her to be guest blogger today. I love that my photo of the balloon seller created such a response.

Suzanne wrote:
In Oaxaca, Mexico in 2005 another balloon seller busy every evening as the town square, the zocolo,  filled with families for the evening’s music, strolling and visiting.  Every small child had one of these tied to their wrists, and eyes filled with wonder at the beauty of it.

Suzanne is an artist and her website and artwork can be seen by clicking here .

I love that she captured the conversation/sale between seller and child and look a those balloons!!!!

12 responses

  1. Great photo, to be sure. Really remarkable! It seems like it should be the subject of one of Larson’s “The Far Side” cartoons. “Things were going quite well for Manual and his balloon business until Hector and his pet porcupine entered the square.”


    November 6, 2011 at 1:02 am

  2. Vincie

    I love Suzanne’s photo, and ChgoJohn’s comment made me laugh out loud!


    November 6, 2011 at 2:29 am

  3. Kristin



    November 6, 2011 at 5:10 am

  4. Toni

    Now that’s a lot of balloons!! Winnie the Pooh stands out!


    November 6, 2011 at 6:12 am

  5. Suzanne

    Thanks for the opportunity to share the photo, Ruth. I’m honored to be a guest blogger on your blog…..love your work!


    November 6, 2011 at 9:08 am

  6. Holy buckets! Ruth, you were right: This one’s a doozie!

    But I love the feel of this picture. So much to look at, to take in – and so many contrasts. The overwhelm of the balloons contrasted with the intimacy of the adult/child conversation, for example.

    And I also love the imagery of every child being accompanied by a balloon friend for the evening, and their innocent eyes gazing skyward to looking appreciatively at their prize…


    November 6, 2011 at 9:15 am

  7. Sue Reinfeld

    Wow! How would one choose?


    November 6, 2011 at 10:49 am

  8. Those could carry a house!


    November 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm

  9. that is something I would have wanted as a kid but wouldn’t get…similar to the glow in the dark necklaces at July 4th


    November 7, 2011 at 7:03 am

  10. Sally

    I would want the Winnie the Pooh balloon, let it go and send it up to Jennifer in Heaven!


    November 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

  11. What an uplifting photo – no pun intended! 🙂


    November 9, 2011 at 12:21 am

    • And Chicago John’s comment had people laughing, too.


      November 9, 2011 at 12:24 am

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