Celebrating life

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!


Mourning the death of a loved one is natural, but most people who have lived a full life prefer that their life be celebrated rather than mourned.

When I die, I’d like there to be balloons tied to the hearse, people singing and dancing and telling each other of happy occasions they spent with me. I’d love to leave behind a happy legacy in the hearts of people. I do hope that they would recall only the good things that I did or said and not the petty stuff that we all are guilty of from time to time.


Word count; 99

Written for 99 Word Story, hosted by Charli Mills of Carrot ranch



43 thoughts on “Celebrating life

  1. That’s a lovely way to look at the passage of one’s life and reminds me of the Dia de los Muertos celebrations, which are more about remembering and celebrating people who have passed rather than outright mourning them.

    It also reminds me of the story I’d heard behind the creation of a song called, “The Coffin Dance”–where reportedly the mother of a young lady who passed away asked the pallbearers to put on a performance as they transported the coffin, which they did. The song has since gone viral on-line.

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      1. Agreed. Having lost a few loved ones during the last two years, I can definitely understand that. Our emotions can get kind of wild sometimes. But it’s still good to have moments where we can sit back and remember them with a smile. Kind of like the Dr. Suess saying, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

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  2. Good thought. Many of the funerals of my extended family have been more like family reunions, people taking and laughing. I have also been to funerals that are much more sad. In one instance, we are assured of where the person has gone; in the other, this is not the case.

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