They were due to arrive. The mother, her son aged twelve and her baby daughter. They came from a distant land, flew across oceans with hope in their hearts. To start a new life. To start afresh.
They were stopped at the gate. We don’t want you here, they were told. You are not welcome, we are sending you back.
Behind the gate and out of sight, balloons and family were waiting. The brightness of the balloons colored the hall. Evoking a happiness that should have been.
And for another day, the balloons bobbed with life.