The Professor is contacted out of the blue by an old college girlfriend and isn't sure he's ready to see her again. Prudence's favorite balloon pops and she doesn't want to risk losing a new balloon by inflating it.

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The Professor is contacted out of the blue by an old college girlfriend and isn't sure he's ready to see her again. Prudence's favorite balloon pops and she doesn't want to risk losing a new balloon by inflating it.

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A Great Lesson in Loss
18 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The professor (Richard Long) receives a letter in the mail from an old college girlfriend who will be in town and will stop by and see him. Meanwhile, young Prudence (Kim Richards) won't let her new colorful balloon leave her sight. In running outside, she scrapes a tree branch and the balloon pops. Prudence is upset to learn that it can't be fixed. The professor brings her an inflated one just like it, but she says it isn't the same. She doesn't want it inflated because it will burst like her other one, and stores it safely. Under an idyllic sunset, Nanny (Juliet Mills) takes Prudence outside and explains, "Since the beginning of time there have been millions and millions of sunsets." It quickly goes away, making Prudence sad, but agrees she is glad she came out to see it. Nanny says, "You know sweetheart, maybe to enjoy what's beautiful we have to take the chance of feeling sad when we lose it...Knowing that we won't have that beautiful thing forever, maybe we appreciate it more when we do have it." (What a great message!) The professor's old girlfriend Marrijane Finley (Lee Meriwether) arrives still looking attractive. As the two talk they discover they still want different things in life, but they rush together into the streets to track down Prudence's balloon. Like most episodes, it's not very comical, but here there is a very nice lesson on loss.


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