Ethel brought home some balloons from a birthday party. By the next day, there was no more helium to keep them afloat. But then Calder and I found good use for them. We took one and tried to keep it up in the air. Calder didn't know what the game was about at first. Instructions like "Don't let it fall to the ground!" didn't work. What worked was a direct "Beat the balloon!". And from what Mommy was doing, he figured he had to hit the balloon upwards. We began to perspire and feel hot but the laughter was worth the exertion. Balloons are easier to manage than balls because of their slow motion. And a balloon tied with string is easier to retrieve.