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No more balloons at Trader Joe's

Posted April 25, 2010 9:00 p.m. EDT

It had been a while since I'd been to the neighborhood Trader Joe's. And when we stopped in Sunday morning at the Raleigh store, my five-year-old, as usual, asked for a pink balloon.

She got what may be her last Trader Joe's balloon. According to signs on the register, the chain stopped giving out balloons on Earth Day. The signs mention something about helium and the environment. I was told that they would give out the balloons until their current supply is gone, which is why my daughter got one a few days after Earth Day.

I turned the change into a teachable moment for my daughter. When we came home and she told her dad about the balloon-less future Trader Joe's, she told him that it was to "save the animals."

Me? I'm quietly celebrating. Sure ... balloons are great.

But a balloon after nearly every visit to the grocery store? The disappointment when it flies away? The fear that it might pop and choke the baby? The collection of barely inflated balloons floating near the floor? In my book, that's not so great.

So Trader Joe's, this mom thanks you.