A few weeks ago, my daughter Annie and I went into Plainfield/Channahon for a visit. We talked about everything and nothing, and as we drove into Plainfield and saw the “Welcome to Plainfield: Mike Collins, Mayor” sign. We joked about how surreal it was to see my dad’s name on the sign.
First to my mother’s house, where we admired her garden and visited with her and dad John and relaxed. Then it was on to my brother’s new house in Channahon to visit with his kids and fur babies and my sister and her nieces. It was unrushed. We don’t often get to have visits like that one so we treasured every second.
Back to mom’s, where we had an amazing dinner of shishkabobs, all while having a watchful eye on the weather because it was going to pour later.
It was still light out when we departed for the 90 minute drive back to Rockford. We headed back down route 126 heading to 47.
There are no coincidences.
As we’re driving, Annie looks out the window to her right and there is a solitary black helium balloon with a string floating across the field that will eventually cross 126. If balloons could have intentions, I would say this one was determined to be seen. As we passed it, we looked at each other, shocked.
How random, Annie says. What the eff was that all about? What kind of sign was that supposed to be?
Relax, I tell her. It’s not a sign at all, just a balloon that escaped from someone’s Over the Hill party and happened to be blowing across the field right while we were driving.
But I can’t stop thinking about it on the way home.
Once there, I feed the husband and pet the dog; or was that feed the dog and pet the husband? Either way, once I open my laptop, that black balloon is at the forefront of my brain and I immediately look up the term on Google. It tells me there’s a song called Black Balloon, by the Goo Goo dolls.
No, never heard of that song and I don’t like the Goo Goo dolls. Next.
If I were dreaming, a black balloon would mean I’m depressed. That’s not it either.
But then…guess what I came across.
Black Balloon Publishing. I click on it and the first thing I see is their motto: “We Champion the Weird, the Unwieldy, and the Unclassifiable”. In other words, stuff that I would write.
I don’t believe in coincidence, but I do believe in jumping to conclusions, and in this situation, I jumped higher than I ever have.
Immediately I “liked” their Facebook page and then went over to Twitter, where I began following them. Unable to resist telling them how I found them, I sent a message. What follows is pure magic.
And to rachet up the squee factor a little bit more, when you click on the YouTube video they sent me, it’s Mariah Carey’s song “We Belong Together.”
Like I said, there are no such things as coincidences.