Recently, I have been looking around for abandoned and burst balloons. It has now been just over a month since I started. On average, I find about three a week. I think many of my friends find this high rate-of-finding strange. Since I launched the blog asking for burst balloon fragments to be sent to me, people have commented that they simply don’t see any burst balloons.
I think that either they only think they don’t come across abandoned or burst balloons because they aren’t normally looking for them, or I am a balloon magnet. There have been days when I’ve found two or three within the space of ten minutes. It is true that I am actively seeking them. However, it can’t be just circumstance.
Perhaps rather than me seeking the balloons, they are seeking me. Or maybe I have developed a sixth sense about where they are going to be and my balloon antenna are able to guide my feet to take me to where the balloons lie. Or perhaps I only see one in every ten, and there are lots and lots of abandoned or burst balloons that are scooped up by the nation’s street cleaners.
I wonder if I am getting a little obsessed. Perhaps.