Gift no longer gives us a lift

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I’ve spoken before in this column about my love for a child friendly restaurant.

One sure sign that children are welcome is when you are entering the eatery and you see a child leaving with a helium balloon attached to their hand.

The same thing happened to us on a recent visit to a local restaurant.

Caitlin was delighted when she was presented with a balloon to take home with her and we left happy.

But the happiness that balloon brought didn’t last long and it’s something the restaurants don’t tell you about.

Two weeks later the balloon is dead, shrivelled up on the floor in the corner of the room.

It’s trying to lift itself back up to the ceiling but it is weak and has no fight left in it.

I’m sad to say I had to put the balloon out of its misery and it has now gone to balloon heaven and we are left mourning its loss.

Oh well, we’ll just have to go back to the restaurant for another meal and another free balloon.