One of the things I thought about was my trip to Japan years ago to see my best friend, and the tree I saw at a temple with wishes written on paper and then tied to the tree branches.
So this morning, I told Zack that to bring in the New Year, we were going to write up our wishes and send them off. So I pulled out the paper and crayons and we wrote down our hopes and dreams and wishes for 2009.
If you can read Kindergartenese, Zack's first wish is that he can go back to school to tell his friends... something. I don't know the rest, and well, wishes can be secret.
Then we cut them into strips....
and folded them up tight and punched holes in the top of each one.
Off we trooped to buy twelve helium balloons. We tied a wish to each string.
While we were waiting for a helium tank refill, Zack wandered off to enjoy the flowers. He declared the tulip his favorite, and guess what? They're one of my favorites, too.
Getting twelve balloons into a car when there are high winds was a trick, but finally we sped off to the park.
Zack did the honors. We counted, "ONE, TWO, THREE!" and he let them all go.
And we waved to our balloons as they carried our hopes, dreams, resolutions, and wishes up into a perfect blue sky.
On and on...
We watched until we couldn't see them any longer.
I think this is a wonderful tradition to carry out each New Year, and I think when our hopes and dreams have such a lovely flight, they're sure to come true.