I don't think any of us knew what to expect. Or had any idea of the emotional impact this event would have. We were given 2 lanterns each and a marker to decorate them with. The point of this event was to reflect on one's hopes, dreams, goals, or to send thoughts and messages to loved ones who have passed.
Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.
And each of us wrote our "hello's", "love you", and "we miss you." Then my sister and my mom lit the lantern and released it. The looks on their faces as it rose into the air was magical and made the night so much more amazing than I could have ever imagined it.
Leaving the event was an unfortunate disaster, but I would rather focus on the event itself. I do have to say, I was thoroughly surprised to hear my mom say that despite how the end of the night ended, she would definitely go back. I'm pretty sure I would, too!