Parenting fail from many years ago:
Walked down to the hardware store with my daughter in the stroller (she was probably about 2 years old at the time)
Bought whatever I needed to buy at the hardware store
Hardware store was giving out free helium balloons; they gave one to my daughter
On the way home, I tied the balloon string around her wrist. She didn't like that. I tied it around the front railing of the stroller. She insisted on me letting her hold it. I tried to talk her out of it. I warned her that the balloon would fly away if it wasn't tied to anything and she let it go. She still insisted. She proudly held onto the balloon for a few blocks, with kind of a "See, I told you so" expression and body language. And then she let go of it by mistake, and it was gone up into the sky. She started crying. So I came up with the genius idea of telling her she gave her balloon to the birds, and now the birds were playing with it, and wasn't that a nice thing of her to do. It worked like a charm. She stopped crying.
Two days later: When are the birds going to give me my balloon back?
Um, uh...um...they're not...
Plantar fasciitus has reared its ugly head - no run for me today and I need to take some rest time. Will bike later.