Early one morning I arrived at my mother’s place to pick her up for an appointment she had out of town. When I arrived, it was a little before 6 am, still dark outside and there it was.
A single red balloon tied ever so gracefully to the storm drain. Right in the middle of the road. Now, some may have gotten a thrill out of this, since at the time, the recently released Stephen King’s movie IT. But not me. Nope, I did not see the movie but I know all about this little red balloon and this gal was NOT going to fall for this, nor go near it for closer inspection. I barely had enough nerve to capture this picture.
I had to turn my headlights on it just to take the picture and the chills I got down my spine were enough to give me goosebumps. It doesn’t matter that this was pranked based on the movie, or when I showed my mother the balloon she didn’t get the concept of it and I told her she really didn’t need to and told her the story and she rolled her eyes. All irrelevant. It is the creep factor that matters.
Later that same day, I had told my husband and showed him the picture. He didn’t like stuff like this either and said it was creepy. But we did get a good laugh because you would think the prankster would have put this balloon near a school, or at least in a neighborhood where the scare tactic radar would be much higher; not a senior retirement complex.