The Collection: Balloons & Bumpers

This week’s prompt by Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch was the following:

September 12, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about balloons on a bumper. Is it a spectacle, an occasion, an eccentricity? Why are the balloons there? Who is involved? Go where the prompt leads!

This pedometer geek writer wrote two versions of the same story. The first, which is the one submitted to Carrot Ranch, is as follows:

Homecoming USA

The homecoming parade was scheduled for Saturday before the big game with a cross-county rival.

First, however, the parade floats were built; the marching band practiced their music, and the homecoming court was selected. All was readied for the parade.

Leading off the parade were the local police and fire department vehicles, followed by the cheerleaders, the homecoming court on a float, the local high school band, the football team’s float, and candidates riding in classic convertibles. Last, but not least, was the vintage fire engine. The bumpers and sides were covered in ninety-nine balloons (no more, no less).   

~Nancy Brady, 2022

The second one is more personal, and it reflects the reality of parades in my hometown, Marion. This writer shares it here for those who grew up there.

A Marion Parade

The Independence Day parade was always scheduled for July 4th, no matter which day it occurred.

First, however, the parade floats were built; the marching bands practiced their music, and the local festival courts were selected. All was readied for the parade.

Leading off the parade were police and fire department vehicles, followed by the Boy Scouts carrying the flags. The festival courts’ floats alternated with local high school bands; political candidates, waving to the crowds, rode in convertibles.  Last, but not least, were the NACHURS’ fertilizer trucks. Their bumpers were covered in ninety-nine balloons (no more, no less).   

~Nancy Brady, 2022

To read all the stories written by the Word Wranglers about balloons on bumpers, check out Carrot Ranch blog for the Collection.

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About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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10 Responses to The Collection: Balloons & Bumpers

  1. JC home says:

    This is a great way to start the day. Nostalgia blended with memories of small town life. Americana at its best!

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  2. Jules says:

    Fun. I remember attending a couple of parade days when I was younger.
    The last one here – local, my one grand was in it as a scout. All the businesses and floats, cars etc tossed candy to those lining the route. 🙂

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    • Our summer festival, Riverfest, has a parade. Rob and I have participated in it for several years, representing the library. Every group throws out candy or other small snack for the kids, who line the parade route. I sometimes think there is more candy to be had than at Halloween (and the kids bring sacks). This year, for the first time ever, I actually managed to still have some candy left at the end of the route so those kids got some. Live and learn. 🙂

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      • Jules says:

        I haven’t done Halloween for years. Here if your porch light is out that night – you are to be left alone. We also have restrictions on age and hours for trick or treating.

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  3. Our city has restrictions on hours, but not age; however, our last residence had age restrictions. Twelve and under could participate, but over thirteen couldn’t. My older son loved handing out treats with his best friend the year he hit the limit–better than going around.


  4. suespitulnik says:

    Nice walk back through my little hometown. I guess convertibles with their tops down to carry pretty ladies in a parade wasn’t so unique after all.

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  5. I enjoyed both versions and yep, it brings up memories of parades. I love how it’s exactly 99 balloons on those bumpers!

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